The second part of the annual round-up of abusive treatment and violence against journalists published by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has indicated that a total of 50 journalists were killed worldwide in 2020.
The report, which was made available to the Ghana News Agency by the RSF, noted that while the number of journalists killed in countries at war continued to fall, more were being murdered in countries, not at war.
It said of the 50 journalists killed, two-thirds were in countries “at peace.”
The report tallied 50 cases of journalists killed in connection with their work from 1st January to 15th December 2020, a number similar to 2019 when 53 journalists were killed, although fewer journalists had been in the field this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It recalled in 2016, 58 per cent of media fatalities took place in war zones.
The report said now only 32 per cent of the fatalities were in war-torn countries such as Syria or Yemen or countries with low or medium-intensity conflicts such as Afghanistan and Iraq.
It said in other words, 68 per cent (more than two thirds) of the fatalities were in countries “at peace,” - Mexico (with eight journalists killed), India (four), the Philippines (three) and Honduras (three).
The report said of all the journalists killed in connection with their work in 2020, 84 per cent were knowingly targeted and deliberately murdered, as compared to 63 per cent in 2019; adding that some were murdered in a particularly barbaric manner.
Mr Yaw Dabie-Appiah, a former Organiser of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to prioritise infrastructure development in his next government.
Infrastructure development, he explained, would make ordinary Ghanaians feel and appreciate the government’s development efforts to enhance the party’s fortunes in Election 2024.
Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at Odumase in the Sunyani West District, Mr Dabie-Appiah noted that the government had performed creditably on social intervention policies and programmes and must shift its focus to infrastructural development.
The Ghana Railway Company Limited has reported on some unscrupulous persons that have been cutting section so their rail lines via the Angu- Manso network. Preliminary reports indicate that these persons cut the lines and removed some components including fish plates [a metal bar that is bolted to the ends of two rails to join them together in a track], for scraps.
South Africa's police minister has warned restaurants not to hide alcohol in teapots to try and get around a fresh ban on the sale of liquor.
President Cyril Ramaphosa said "reckless behaviour" caused by drinking increased the risk of spreading Covid as he announced the ban on Monday.
A new, faster-spreading variant of the coronavirus was detected in South Africa about two weeks ago.
The petition was filed at 12 midday, the party said in a statement on Wednesday, December 30.
It was filed on behalf of former president John Dramani Mahama by his lawyers.
The statement issued by NDC’s General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, said: “The Petition was filed pursuant to the party‘s audit of the 2020 Presidential results and extensive consultations with the National Executive Committee and Council of Elders of the party.
“The Petition details serious violations of the 1992 Constitution by the Electoral Commission and its Chairperson and Returning Officer for the Presidential Election, Mrs. Jean Adukwei Mensa in the conduct of their constitutional and legal responsibilities.
“It seeks among others, a declaration from the Supreme Court to the effect that, the purported declaration of the results of the 2020 Presidential Election on the 9th day of December 2020 is unconstitutional, null and void and of no effect whatsoever.”
Apropos the petition, John Dramani Mahama will be addressing the nation at 8:00pm.
The NDC rejected results of the elections a day after it was declared by the Electoral Commission, Ghana (EC).
Mrs Mensa had announced incumbent Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as winner of the polls with 6,730,587 votes, representing 51.3 percent.
At the press conference to express his dissent to the results declared, Mr Mahama described Mrs Mensa’s actions as an illegality, then announcing his intention to take the legal course, aside other action, to reverse the declaration.
“On account of this, my party is confident that what has happened is a violation of the law. It is a violation of due process and, therefore, tantamount to an illegality.
“It is also a violation of an understanding we hold dear in this country, an understanding that this is not dictatorship or a monarchy run by a single family for the benefit of a family.
“Ghana belongs to the people of Ghana, all of the people of Ghana.”
Supporters of the party, prior to the legal action, have staged numerous demonstrations across the nation to register their repugnance to the outcome of the elections.
Perceived conflicting figures of the 2020 elections announced by the Electoral Commission since December 9, 2020 has resulted in vilifications from the National Democratic Congress and some Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).
Jean Mensa, the chairperson of the commission has been heavily criticized after the commission admitted to having made mistakes in the figures quoted during the announcement of the results of the presidential elections.
While the gaffe has been interpreted as a show of incompetence by the EC by CSOs like IMANI Africa, the NDC alleges that it is proof of how the elections were rigged in favour of the NPP’s Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Former President John Dramani Mahama will rely on five witnesses in his case against the December 7 elections.
The 2020 Presidential Candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) on Wednesday, December 30 filed his petition against the Electoral Commission, Ghana (EC) and Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Among the reliefs he is seeking, Mr Mahama wants the results declared by EC Chair Jean Mensa to be rendered null and void and an order of injunction slapped on Mr Akufo-Addo from holding himself out as President-elect.