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World Marks Press Freedom Day In Social Distancing Mode

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Today marks the 2020 edition of the annual World Press Freedom Day.

But unlike previous years, global journalists are cautious about physical contacts due to coronavirus, with social distancing the norm around the world currently.

The Government of Ghana in a statement to celebrate the Day, recognized the contributions of journalists in the fight against coronavirus as the world marks press freedom in ‘a social distancing mood.’

WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 23: Members of the media practice social distancing as they listen to U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) at the U.S. Capitol March 23, 2020 in Washington, DC. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is on Capitol Hill to work with the Senate to finalize the coronavirus stimulus bill in response to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

In the statement issued by Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the Government of Ghana
congratulated all journalists in Ghana as the world marks Press Freedom Day today.

This year’s celebration is being marked globally under the theme “Journalism without Fear or Favour”.

The theme focuses on the significant role the Press is playing in the ongoing COVID-19 situation, and how their contribution by providing verified information can lead the prevention of getting infected.

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA – MARCH 13: Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command, talks to journalists about the military response to rocket attacks that killed two U.S. and one U.K. service members in Iraq during a news briefing at the Pentagon March 13, 2020 in Arlington, Virginia. Because of the threat of transmission of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Pentagon is exercising social distancing by keeping reporters’ chairs four feet apart from each other during briefings. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The statement says “government celebrate the significant role the Press is playing in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”

“Their reporting and publishing of information on preventive etiquette is contributing positively in this fight” according to the statement.

It says said the Akufo-Addo administration has being working closely with the Media and other stakeholders in disseminating information and educating the public as part of the broader COVID-19 Government response.

“The Media, as the President in one of such engagements described, is an “invaluable ally” in the fight against COVID-19”

The statement said “We are hopeful that together, we will defeat this pandemic in the shortest possible time and continue with initiatives to make the media and broadcasting space increasingly productive”

The Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO), also in statement indicated that “at a time when we are mired in worry and uncertainty because of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, free information is essential to helping us face, understand, think about and overcome this crisis. We must consider the vital importance of information in this situation: informing the public means giving everyone the means of combatting the illness by adopting appropriate practices”.

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