Award-winning Investigative Journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni has insisted that the government of President Akufo-Addo has provided the worst conditions for Journalists to practice their work.
This comes after Ghana dropped a significant 30 places in the latest world press freedom index.
The 2022 index put together by campaign group, Reporters Without Borders, saw Ghana ranking 60 after placing 30 in 2022.
This is Ghana’s lowest-ever ranking in 17 years after it ranked 66th and 67th in 2005 and 2002 respectively.
The latest report is out of 180 countries assessed with Ghana recording a decline in its indicative points from 78.67 percent to 67.43 compared to last year.
It said although the country is considered a regional leader in democratic stability, journalists have experienced growing pressures in recent years.
“To protect their jobs and their security, they increasingly resort to self-censorship, as the government shows itself intolerant of criticism”, the report mentioned.
According to Reporters Without Borders, the safety of Ghanaian journalists has deteriorated sharply in recent years.
Manasseh Azure has been one of the fiercest critics of the Akufo-Addo government, often accusing the President and his government of stifling free speech and persecuting dissenting minds.