GRIDCo’s Board Chairman, Ambassador. Kabral Blay-Amihere, an author and veteran journalist together with fourteen (14) other distinguished personalities, such as Former President John Agyekum Kufuor, were honoured for their significant contribution and activism in support of press freedom in Ghana.
The essence of the recognition is to acknowledge efforts made by the fifteen (15) dignitaries, from the mid-80s, in breaking “the culture of silence,” to the 90s with the liberalisation of the media.
Sir Sam Jonah was honoured for the corporate support of Ashanti Goldfield Company (AGC) for the media from the late 1990s to 2000, while Former President Kufuor was honoured for repealing the criminal libel law, gifting the GJA a Press Centre and initiating a policy to guarantee press freedom.
With this, the legends of the Ghanaian media who fought for their colleague journalists for their democracy that they all enjoy today, have all been honoured.
Nana Kobina Nketsia V, Paramount Chief for Essikado chaired the event, while Economist, Mr. Kwame Pianim was the Special Guest of Honour. Also receiving awards were Private Legal Practitioner, Mr. Akoto Ampaw, Journalists, Kwaku Baako, Kweku Sakyi Addo and Elizabeth Ohene. The initiative is driven by the Centre for Media and Culture.