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Daily Graphic, Ghanaian Times, media provider, major newspapers, local languages

The government runs the country’s two major newspapers, the Daily Graphic and The Ghanaian Times, both published in Accra. Since 1992 a number of independent and party-affiliated newspapers have been established. The government-owned Ghana Broadcasting Corporation offers radio and television programs in English and several local languages. There are also several private FM stations. The most critical concern of news providers is the issue of press freedom, which was curtailed occasionally from the 1960s to the 1980s. The National Media Commission was established in 1993 as an independent watchdog organization to ensure that the government does not control or interfere with any media provider, private or state-owned. Ghana’s telecommunications system is poorly developed—in 2000 there were only 11.7 telephone lines per 1,000 people. Consequently, mobile telephone usage is becoming increasingly popular. Access to the Internet is available but not widespread.

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Daily Graphic, Ghanaian Times, media provider, major newspapers, local languages, Accra, television programs, telephone lines, radio, Internet, number of independent, people, English, Access


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