GJA Holds Press Freedom Day In Koforidua

Albert Dwumfour, GJA President


FOR THE FIRST time in recent history, the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) will commemorate this year’s World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) 2024 in the Abba Bentil Theatre of the Koforidua Technical University, in the Eastern Regional capital today Friday, May 3, 2024.

The GJA, in a press release signed by its General Secretary, Kofi Yeboah, explained that the move was in line with a commitment by the National Executives to organise such national events outside Accra inorder to make the regional branches vibrant and inspire in all members, a strong sense of belonging in the Association regardless of their geographical location.

The global theme for WPFD 2024 is, “Press For The Planet: Journalism In The Face of The Environmental Crisis”.

However, the GJA has chosen, “Leveraging Journalism for Sustainable Environment and Future” as its national theme with an aim to lead a strong media campaign for the protection of the environment and the good of the country.

Mr. Yeboah explained in the release that the ceremony would be held under the royal chairmanship of Daasebre Kwaku Boateng III, the Omanhene of the New Juaben Traditional Area.

Also, in attendance would be the Eastern Regional Minister, Seth Kwame Acheampong; the Minister of Information-designate, Fatimatu Abubakar; the Head of Office & Representative of UNESCO Office, Accra, Edmond Moukala; and the Press Attache at the Embassy of the United States of America, Accra, Kevin Brosnahan.

The Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Dr. John Kingsley Akrugu, would deliver the keynote address, while GJA Journalist of the Year 2022, Erastus Asare Donkor of the Multimedia Group Limited, would also share some critical thoughts on staying the course of environmental protection through journalism.


In December 1993, the UN General Assembly declared May 3 as World Press Freedom Day based on the recommendation of UNESCO, and in tandem with the anniversary celebration of the ‘Declaration of Windhoek’ by the latter’s General Conference on May 3.

The commemoration of the day is to remind governments of their commitments to press freedom and the need to respect same.

Media professionals and practitioners across the world also use WPFD to reflect on issues of press freedom and professional ethics.

One key feature of the occasion is the release of the global press freedom index by Reporters Without Borders, which gauges press freedom performances of countries.

In recent years, one significant trailer to the commemoration of WPFD is the organisation of the Africa Media Convention (AMC) in a fortnight hence, which forum rallies media actors and partners, as well as government officials, to discuss pertinent issues of press freedom.

Ghana, under the joint auspices of the GJA, the Ministry of Information and UNESCO, Accra Office, will host this year’s AMC, scheduled between May 15 – 17, 2024, at the Accra International Conference Centre.

BY Nii Adjei Mensahfio