Ghana Journalists Association marks 70 years on August 15

Accra, Aug. 14, GNA
– The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) will commemorate its 70th  Birthday tomorrow, Thursday, August 15, 2019,
at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra.

On August 15, 1949,
the GJA was birthed to promote high journalistic standards, media freedoms and
welfare of journalists. It was also meant to defend journalists against abuse
by state and non-state actors.

A statement signed
by Mr Kofi Yeboah, the General Secretary said the commemoration of the 70th
anniversary would involve the cutting of anniversary cake and reflections on
the history and relevance of the GJA by some distinguished personalities.

Professor Henry
Kwasi Prempeh, the Chairman of the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development
(CDD-Ghana), would be the Guest Speaker.

Other key speakers
would be Ambassador Kabral Blay-Amihere, former GJA President; Most Rev. Prof
Emmanuel Asante, the Chairman of the National Peace Council (NPC), and Dr. G.T.
Anim, the first Ghanaian General Manager of the Ghana News Agency (GNA).

Representatives of
key partners, including Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA),
Private Newspaper Publishers Association of Ghana (PRINPAG), UNESCO Ghana, and
the US Embassy in Accra, would also deliver goodwill messages.

The statement said
Mr David Anagletey, former Ghana Ambassador to Togo and Director-General of the
Ghana Broadcasting Corporation will chair the event.

It said there would
be live coverage of the event on GTV, Atinka TV, GHOne, TV3 and other broadcast
networks.

Meanwhile, the
International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has congratulated GJA on its 70th
anniversary.

“The GJA is a
shining example – a journalists’ association with an unwavering commitment to
standing up and speaking out in defense of journalists and journalism.

“From your
successful struggle against the Criminal Libel and Sedition Law to the adoption
this year of the Right to Information Law the GJA has been at the forefront of
protecting not only the country’s journalists, promoting the best in
independent, ethical journalism but also in defending citizens’ rights to
information.

“Today, on your
anniversary, that spirit and courage in defense of media freedom is needed more
than ever. Around the world, journalism is under attack – and even in Ghana,
which enjoys greater media freedom than all other countries in Africa – your
solidarity, your voice, your advocacy is increasingly vital to defend your
achievements.

“We are proud to
honour you today, to thank you for 70 years of struggle and to pledge to stand
shoulder to shoulder with you in the future. Happy Birthday GJA,” the statement
concluded.

GNA

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