An overwhelming majority of Ghanaians have indicated that the Ghanaian media enjoys freedom from government interference of any form or way.
This is according to the findings of the most recent Afrobarometer Report, which indicates that more than 70% of Ghanaians believe the Government of Ghana does not censor, attack or victimise the media for doing their work.
The survey led by the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) between September 16 and October 3, 2019 interviewed 2,400 adult Ghanaians to know their perception about media freedom in the country.
The report which compares eight African countries in terms of perceived media freedom ranks Ghana second with a 72% mark after Namibia which was scored 80%. The other countries, ranking from third to eighth respectively are Kenya, 72%; Botswana, 71%; Malawi, 70%; Guinea, 67%; Uganda, 57% and La Cote d’Ivoire with 45%.
A breakdown of Ghana’s case shows that 40% of the people trust the media is completely free while 32% say they are somewhat free.
However, 15% think the media is not very free, while 4% also think the institution is not free at all. But 8% of Ghanaians either said they do not know or refused to respond.