- An archival photograph of Jerry Rawlings captures him using a video camera.
- The late former president was standing next to a reporter.
- Jerry Rawlings has been a staunch advocate for press freedom.
Many of us see the late Jerry John Rawlings as the military ruler who was first of his kind to safely see through a democratic transition of power to birth the 4th republic.
Indeed, Jerry Rawlings is a global leader on the international front. Under his presidency of the PNDC and NDC era, major reforms took place including the rapid economic transformation agenda which saw aggressive growth and economic reform.
But little did we know that the late former president was also a lover of the arts. Indeed, he once eyed the experience to practice as a journalist.
A rare archival picture of the late former president shows him with a tape-installed video camera shooting a development which was not captured. Next to the former president is a man with a microphone who typically was a journalist.
Jerry Rawlings has been a keen advocate for the rights and liberties of journalists in Ghana and around the world.
“Without truth we can’t develop and we can’t move ahead. Idealism would be partially crucified,” he told the leadership of the Ghana Journalists Association when they once come over to pay him a visit.
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