Director of the Centre for European Studies at the University of Ghana, Professor Ransford Gyampo has berated the current New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration, accusing it of being intolerant of divergent views.
‘’The NDC apparatchiks admittedly, are merely babies with sharp teeth. But regardless of their propaganda and insults on persons who critiqued their party, no journalist was compelled to flee this country for his own safety under their two tenures of office’’.
His comments come on the back reports that Multimedia Group Journalist Manasseh Azuri Awuni had to flee to South Africa to seek refuge after he received death threats following the premiere of the Castle Militia documentary.
‘’About three months ago, I was in the University of Bristol as Visiting Scholar to present a paper assessing the democratic practice in Ghana. In that presentation, I particularly singled out the political freedom we enjoyed in Ghana under the previous somewhat revolutionary-minded regime of the NDC. I predicted more freedom for the Ghanaian people under the NPP administration led by you, given the democratic culture of your party and your own persona as an avowed democrat. . But I am wondering whether I predicted right in view of several threats received by those who only seek to keep your regime on its toes to ensure good governance for all of us’’ he wrote in an open letter to President Akufo-Addo.
Professor Gyampo added that ‘’I do occasionally receive a few of such threats even though I do not bother much about them. Dr Kwesi Annin receives same. Franklyn Cudjoe receives threats too. We haven’t made these a big issue because we are aware that you, as a person wouldn’t sanction such needless attempts to gag voices of reason and conscience.
But there are elements within your party and government that are bent on making your regime unpopular by embarking on the suicidal mission of threatening to eliminate voices of dissent’’.