Ajoa Yeboah-Afari, the Chairperson of the Editors’ Forum Ghana has called on the government to take measures aimed at reducing taxes for newspaper production houses so that newspapers in Ghana can be affordable again.
Ms Yeboah-Afari bemoaned the economic situation which according to her had contributed to putting newspapers out of the reach of many Ghanaians as they are getting more expensive.
“Here in Ghana we may have achieved the independence and the pluralism, but as a print journalist principally, I can’t help but mourn the dwindling numbers of newspaper buyers and readers. It is obvious that at GH¢2.50 a copy, for many people buying a newspaper has become a luxury and an unaffordable one,” the former GJA President said.
She was speaking at the commemoration of the World Press Freedom day 2016 which marks the 250 anniversary of the first freedom of information law under the auspices of the Ghana Journalists’ Association (GJA), the National Media Commission and UNESCO at the Ghana International Press Centre in Accra.