Prof. Audrey Gadzekpo

Associate Professor of the University of Ghana, Audrey Gadzekpo has said the media has been terrible in protecting minority rights.

Including persons who associate as LGBTQI.

According to the Professor, the media which is expected to be a force for change by protecting minority rights are busy fighting to maintain the status quo.

This she says is because many in the media are not intellectuals.

Speaking in a yet to be aired interview by Nana Ama Agyemang Asante, Betty Kankam-Boadu and Edem Robby Abbeyquaye, Prof. Gadzekpo said the media ought to move from maintaining the status quo to defending minority rights.

“I really wish that the media in Ghana would be more of a  force for change. But it isn’t. I think part of it is that too many people who are important in the media are not very intellectual. And because they are not very intellectual and are not very progressive, they think their job is to maintain the status quo. For example, when we come to LGBTQI issues, the media in Ghana has been horrendous,” Prof. Gadzekpo said.

“This is a media that ought to be pointing out that everybody has the right to assembly and freedom of expression. I defend the right of the media but the media is not defending the right of the minority,” she added.

The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bills, 2021 (Anti-LGBT bill) has so far been referred to parliament’s committee on constitutional, legal and affairs for consideration and report.

The proposed Anti-LGBT bill which has sparked controversial conversations in the country and the world over could see LGBTQ community members imprisoned between five to 10 years for identifying or advocating for their rights.

The bill was submitted to Ghana’s parliament in June 2021 and is being championed by Ningo Prampram MP, Sam George and other legislators.

Meanwhile, fifteen renowned legal, academic and civil society professionals, including Prof. Audrey Gadzekpo have filed a memorandum challenging the anti-gay legislation submitted to Parliament.

In the memorandum, they contend that the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021, which seeks to criminalise LGBTQ+ and adjacent activities, is an “impermissible invasion of the inviolability of human dignity.”

To push the anti-LGBTQ+ will be to challenge Ghana’s constitution and democracy, they also argued in the 18-page document submitted to Parliament.

Among the signatories to the memo are Professor Kofi Gyimah-Boadi, Dr. Rose Kutin-Mensah, Professor H. Kwasi Prempeh, Professor Kwame KariKari, Akoto Ampaw and Professor Raymond Atuguba.

Video credit: Edem Robby Abbeyquaye

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