Ghana: GJA at forefront of fight for right to information law

The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has joined a nationwide coalition aimed at securing support for the Right to Information (RTI) Bill in the country's Parliament.

GJA President Affail Monney speaks out in favour of the new law.

It will also join other members of OccupyGhana in the Red Friday campaign, during which people will wear red on Friday, November 30, and all Fridays in December, to pressure members of Parliament to vote in favor of the Right to Information (RTI) bill. 

The GJA has also called on media organizations to give coverage to the movement until members of Parliament take action. For the GJA it is “a worthy cause for the prompt passage of a bill that is long overdue”.

It has been more than twenty years since the law was drafted and blocked by Parliament. For years, the GJA has strongly campaigned for its adoption in Parliament and pledged to continue until it becomes law.

The GPA said: "The bill will not only enhance information gathering and dissemination by journalists but also benefit the general public”, adding that a “RTI law will ultimately enhance the fight against corruption and promote national development”.

 IFJ General Secretary Anthony Bellanger said: "The passing of this law is well overdue and we call on legislators in Ghana to act urgently and show their commitment to media freedom and access to information".

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