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General News of Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

GhanaWeb celebrates 22 years of media development and freedom

Ghana’s first and most popular news portal, GhanaWeb, is marking its 22nd anniversary of existence which has been characterized by media development and freedom.

Founded on January 1, 1999, GhanaWeb has maintained its position of independence over the years devoid of political censorship and interference spanning five different governments in Ghana’s Fourth Republic.

A household name for over a decade, GhanaWeb has been the only online platform that allows millions of regular Ghanaians in Ghana and the Diaspora to speak truth to power from the comfort of their homes, offices and any place of convenience with a full guarantee of their right to freedom of expression.

The platform has ensured citizen participation in online socio-political discussions which has helped position Ghana as a shining example of how democracy should be practised in Africa. GhanaWeb cannot be delinked from Ghana's democratic success story which has been hailed by scholars, practitioners, and the international community.

“The GhanaWeb dream started from a tiny room in Amsterdam where we served the Ghanaian community with news and information. The mandate grew and the scope expanded with many Ghanaians across the world yearning to add their voices to national issues. Our platform and technology were there for all during the important moments of Ghana’s democracy since our launch and we will continue to give Ghanaians a voice,” said Robert Bellaart, founder of GhanaWeb and chief technical officer (CTO) of AfricaWeb.

The year-long 22nd-anniversary celebration is under the theme: “GhanaWeb Then. Now. Later.”. GhanaWeb readers, users, clients, advertising and editorial partners and the general public will be let in on the history, growth, challenges, success story, achievements, technology-driven products and vision of the premier online media channel which currently garners over one billion pageviews per year.

Among the activities lined up for the celebration are community engagement programmes; webinars; product launches; media tours; special awards and recognition; corporate social responsibility activities among many others that would be held under the strict observance of COVID-19 protocols.

“We officially launched the anniversary on February 15, 2021, in Accra and we look forward to engaging you, our partner, throughout the year with special packages and activities that will add more value to our relationship,” said Ekow Blankson, commercial manager of GhanaWeb.

Dozens of Ghanaians across the country and beyond who work for GhanaWeb through local partner companies will actively participate in the 22nd-anniversary activities designed to honour all GhanaWeb readers and users.

GhanaWeb has experienced substantive growth that has inspired the creation of country-specific portals under the AfricaWeb Holding umbrella which has developed viable and robust independent news portals as well as web and publishing solutions in Africa.

“Loyal to our heritage of more than two decades, we are committed to our mission of giving all layers of society access to uncensored news. We shall expand our activities to more Sub-Saharan countries than we already did and we will announce some more empowering partnerships,” said Marc Stubbé, chief executive officer (CEO) of AfricaWeb Holding group which includes GhanaWeb, CamerounWeb, TanzaniaWeb and MyNigeria among other country-specific portals.

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