“Whoever engages in the fight against corruption takes on a dangerous venture, whether the person is a journalist, politician, or a civil society activist. The threat facing investigative journalists in Ghana is enormous. It has always been there but it has heightened in the past four years because the body language of the Akufo-Addo administration is that of viciousness and intolerance”
These were the words of Freelance investigative journalist, Manasseh Azure at the 2020 Baah-Wiredu Memorial Lecture Thursday October 29, 2020.
To him, the fight against corruption in Ghana will continue to suffer considering the fact that Journalists who are expected to expose the ills in society are not protected.
“It is unfortunate that all these are happening in the administration of President Akufo-Addo who was marketed to us as a staunch human rights campaigner.
“If President Akufo-Addo is re-elected in December, he should be mindful that, it is unacceptable for his record in press freedom to still be touted as the repeal of the Criminal Libel Law, which in fact, is an achievement by President J. A. Kufuor,” he noted.
He maintains that a provision of protection for investigative or anti-corruption journalists is imperative to an unwavering dedication to the course.