DW Akademie supports a network of citizen radios in Ghana's rural areas and qualifies correspondents of large private radio stations.
Ghana currently ranks 23rd in the World Press Freedom Index published by Reporter without Borders – ahead of Great Britain, Spain and France. The right to freedom of expression in Ghana is rarely restricted by state authorities. Ghana has a diverse media landscape with approximately 350 private radio stations, 80 community radio stations and 30 public broadcasters. There are hundreds of newspapers and online information offerings.
Even though everyone can theoretically express themselves freely, the process of forming opinions through the media still needs to improve. Access to public information is very difficult for citizens and the media. Freedom of information is guaranteed by the constitution, but there is still no law that legally defines the population's access to information.
In practice, many journalists also do not demand this right clearly enough and are limited, for example, to representing the opinions of certain parties. Critical questions and careful research are rare. One of the reasons for this is the weak economic position of many media companies and a widespread system of paid journalism in which journalists usually receive cash in envelopes at press conferences. Another reason is the way Ghanaian journalists are trained - they lack work experience before they launch their careers.
DW Akademie provides support for a network of community radio stations in rural areas and trains correspondents at large private radio station. This will help the rural population to be more informed and increase their participation in social debate.
In cooperation with the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), DW Akademie is also working to make access to information at public authorities easier for the general public and the media. In selected regions, all parties involved will be trained to implement their constitutional right to freedom of information. Viable alternatives to paid news stories are also being sought.
Additionally, DW Akademie is working closely with the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) and the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI) to help develop a more hands-on approach to training for young journalists.
Funding sources: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country coordinator: Beate Weides
Operational locations: Accra, Wa, Twifo Praso, Tema, Ellembelle
Local partners: Ghana Community Radio Network (GCRN), Joy FM, Media Foundation for West Africa as an active member of theCoalition on the Right to Information (RTI Coalition), Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI), Support for Decentralisation Reforms (program of the "Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Ghana)
Focal points: Civic engagement, political and legal framework, qualification, media laws/ media law, freedom of information/ access to information from public authorities, civil society lobby for freedom of opinion, participation of disadvantaged population groups, (local) participatory media offerings and community media, journalism education/ curricula development, business models and economic sustainability, professionalism and networks in journalism