President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said he is not interested in winning the media to his side to prevent them from criticising his government.
“I don’t look upon the intercourse as government buying the press. I don’t want to believe that the Ghanaian press is buyable, neither am I interested in buying the Ghanaian press.”
“I’m interested in having a press that can serve the larger purposes of our society and play its role in building a strong durable democracy in Ghana. That for me is the most important aspect of the work of the press in Ghana.”
The President said these on Monday, 28 June 2021, when the President and National Executives of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) paid a courtesy call on him at the Jubilee House.
The other issues discussed bordered on the provision of a stimulus package for the media, following the onset of COVID-19.
They also discussed the construction of a new building to serve as the new Ghana International Press Centre and addressing the issue of attacks on journalists.
The GJA also requested the Office of the President to take up the donation of VW cars to the four previous winners of Journalists of the Year, which are pending.
The President, however, disclosed that his government has already presented a VW vehicle to the current Journalist of the Year, Samson Lardi Ayenini