The leaders who shut down radio stations are not Democrats

Program Officer of the Friedrich Ebert Michael Abbey Foundation

Political leaders who use administrative offenses as a basis for shutting down media houses that criticize the government can never be accepted into the Democratic leadership committee, said Michael Abbey, program manager for the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.

According to the program manager of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, these leaders do not respect the principles of good governance required of democratic leadership.

“The political leaders who close radio stations are not Democrats,” suggested Michael Abbey of the German think tank.

He was speaking at a conference and panel discussion organized by SOLIDAIRE GOVERNANCE FORUM, a Ghanaian registered policy think tank held at the Erata Hotel in Accra.

Mr. Abbey analyzed the missing points preventing the State of Ghana from harnessing the development dividends of democracy and good governance.

He explained that inclusion is a cardinal principle of good governance and a sine qua non for all democratic leaders.

He argued that a Democratic leader, in every sense of the word, cannot have an inglorious reputation for overseeing the revocation of the licenses of radio and television stations that are the must-see media channels, for some of the masses. within the democratic space.

In his previous presentation on the principles of good governance, ahead of the roundtable, Dr Alidu Seidu, professor of political science at the University of Ghana, Legon, and member of Solidaire Ghana, cited inclusion and participation as critical benchmark for measuring good governance.

Dr Seidu Alidu then listed other principles of good governance, including accountability, transparency, responsiveness, fairness, efficiency and effectiveness, rule of law and consensus building.

Panelists included a retired professor from the University of Ghana, Professor Nii Noi Dowuona; a senior lecturer at the University of Ghana, Prof. Ransford Gyampo, program coordinator at the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Mr. Michael Abbey; the executive director of ASEPA Ghana, Mr. Mensah Thompson and a social advocate of African Education Watch, Mr. Geoffrey K. Ocansey.

Program chairwoman Barbara Acheampong, a US-based tax specialist in her remarks encouraged members of the public to take an interest in the country’s governance and to sound the alarm whenever necessary, to help control those who hold political authority. .

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