What are the Challenges and Trends in the Media’s Role in Participatory Governance in Ghana?

The development of the media, growth of private and independent media outlets, access to information and a liberal freedom of expression environment have been often identified as key features of a transparent, accountable and participatory democracy. Indeed, a functioning democracy thrives on informed and active citizens, and informed participation underlines the principal role of the media.

In Ghana, the growth of media plurality and press freedom is interlinked with the growth of multiparty democracy and participatory governance, especially in the fourth republic. While the fourth republican constitution provided a legal framework for press freedom, the media also, in turn, deepened participatory governance and consolidated democracy.

However, the contribution of the media in participatory governance in Ghana has not been without challenges and setbacks.

This policy brief begins with an introduction on the media landscape in Ghana and explains how the media have contributed to promoting participatory and accountable governance.  It further discusses the trends, barriers of media and governance in Ghana and makes key recommendations on how participatory governance can be improved.

Access the full the policy brief here.

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