An office for the Coordinated Mechanism on the Safety of Journalists has been commissioned in Accra.
The office, to be operated by the National Media Commission, was opened by Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, in commemoration of the 2021 World Press Freedom Day on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.
The office becomes the official space for filing complaints of attacks on journalists, validating alleged attacks, following up on investigations and sanctions, and reporting on the safety of journalists.
Cabinet approved the framework in 2020 after the Ministry of Information submitted a memo to its effect. The National Media Commission shall be the independent operator of the office as part of its efforts to promote the industry.
Mr Oppong Nkrumah urged journalists to take advantage of the facility in addressing pressing issues on the safety of journalists.
He said it was the big wish of the government that the facility and its operations will grow beyond what it is today and be replicated in other regions.
He thanked “all those who have walked the journey in making this office a reality. This is part of the many layers of work the government wants to do to ensure free media operate in Ghana.”
He said the office was an additional layer, aside from many other interventions demonstrating the government’s commitment to press freedom and the safety of Journalists.
“It is the reason I cannot agree that there is a culture of silence in Ghana because the government is committed to the culture of free media in Ghana,” he said
He called on the National Media Commission to be professional and independent on matters that come before the office.
“If you do it well, other countries going through the same challenges will come and learn from you,” he remarked.
Complaints can be made at the office through phone calls or personal submissions and, in the future, there are plans to introduce an online service.
The contact numbers announced are 0592606918 or 0592606924.