Finally Free Speech in Ghana Defended: Prof. Audrey Gadzekpo

I was happy to hear Prof. Audrey Gadzekpo’s comments about free speech in Ghana following the Supreme Court’s actions the other week. I agree with her that a national conversation is central to democracy – and that actions like these are likely to cause people to censor themselves leading to a quieter civil society.

She said:

“What such pronouncement do is to put a general chill on public utterances and media coverage because it is not clear what is not too grievous… for a people who tolerated for a long time a culture of silence, many would say it is better to simply keep quiet and be safe than sorry.”

I agree with her in every part of her statement (longer on radio), but I also feel relieved a high profile academic spoke up.

Read the whole article here.

And then it was communicated you cannot write letters to the Supreme Court. Again, I don’t understand.