Ghana: A Study in Economy.

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1. Freedom From Internal Control

The Constitution provides for freedom of peaceful assembly, freedom of speech, freedom of press and its likes and that the government generally respects all these rights. The government does not require permit for demonstrations. However Parliament passed a public law in late 1994 requiring that organizers of " special events" or " processions" should inform the police of their intention at least five days in advance so that the police can institute precautionary measures.

SOURCE: Human rights, country report on human rights practices: Ghana

2. Freedom of Speech

Until 1997 the government of Ghana continued to pressure the media. The opposition political parties and others, frequently criticize the government and the government has allowed more control of print and electronic media to be transferred to the private sector. There are more than a dozen newspapers including two government -owned dailies, two government-owned weeklies, and several privately owned.

Most newspapers circulate only in the capital and many of the smaller private newspapers are available only in the big cities. There is one government owned and 12 private FM radio stations in the capital and in all there are about 42 private FM station nationwide. The independent stations air a wide range of viewpoints. There are 12 regional television stations in Accra, Kumasi, and Takoradi, and one government - owned station that broadcast nationwide. Ghana has six Internet providers in the country. There services help people express their freedom of speech.

Source: Ghana Country report on human rights practices for 1999, Author; US department of states commission; 2, personal.

3. Effective, Fair Police Force:

The police force of Ghana is under the jurisdiction of eight-member Police Council, which is responsible for maintaining law and order. Although the security apparatus is controlled by and responsive to...