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Ghana news websites get thousands of traffic every day from all over the world, with the United Kingdom conducting over 35% of the searches. But which sites are the most trusted? Our won Ghana news website gets thousands of traffic every day from across the globe.
This article also brings you over 70 most popular and known news websites in Ghana that have authentic and timely news covering business, politics, sports, entertainment and so many more.
News websites in Ghana over the years have been on the urge of publishing veritable news content which covers both local and international fields reaching out to the mass.
The Ghanaian Standard has published this list to help you to identify your best news websites in Ghana and an added review of the news media space in Ghana
1 List of top Ghana news websites
Beneath is the list of 70 best news websites in Ghana. With the exception of our own website The Ghanaian Standard, the first 14 websites on the list have been sorted according to ahrefs ranking of websites. The rest have been added in no particular order.
- The Ghanaian Standard
- Ghana News Agency
- News Ghana
- Graphic Online
- Peace FM Online
- Modern Ghana
- Ghana – BBC News
- Ghana | Today’s latest from Al Jazeera
- Ghanaian Times
- Pulse Gh
- GhHeadlines News
- Ghana Sports Online
- Accra Mail
- TBz Journal
- Ghana Updates
- My News Ghana
- Voice of GH
- Ghana News Prime
- Live Ghana TV
- Ghana Man Sports
- Ghana Quest
- Daily News Ghana
- Voix of Gh
- Adwoa Adubia News
- Giant News Ghana
- The Ghana HIT
- Apt News Ghana
- TwinCiti Online
- Campus Filla
- DS News 360
- David Toby Ampah
- Ghana News Punch
- Success Africa
- Kobbyo News
- GH ONLINER
- Total Gist
- Impel News
- Afrinewz Magazine
- PR Scoop
- Opera News Ghana
2 How free is Ghana’s Internet Media Space?
Online journalists and bloggers increasingly risk arrest and online harassment for their critical reporting. A new law passed in December 2020 expands the government’s legal authority for surveillance, despite existing data protection policies.
Since 1992, Ghana has held competitive multiparty elections and undergone peaceful transfers of power between the two main political parties. There are some weaknesses in judicial independence and the rule of law, corruption presents challenges to government performance, and political violence is a growing concern.
3 Key Developments, June 1, 2020 – May 31, 2021
- In April 2021, the government acquired full ownership of telecommunications company AirtelTigo, which serves 5.1 million subscribers, after its parent companies exited the market.
- Political parties mobilized commentators to advance their causes online in preparation for the December 2020 elections. Parties also sought to influence opinions through misleading content, including politicized fact-checking portals that impersonated trusted news sites and fact-checkers.
- Ghanaians initiated the #FixTheCountry campaign online to protest increased fuel prices and taxes in May 2021, spurring a protest movement that held protracted mass demonstrations.
- The government passed the Cybersecurity Act in December 2020, greatly expanding the government’s legal authority to conduct surveillance, compel service providers to hand over data, and control encryption service providers, alongside positive changes to cybersecurity coordination.
- A July 2020 report confirmed that Ghanaian security forces have access to tools from Cellebrite, which sells technology that can access information on encrypted devices, through a gift from the US government, UK government, and Interpol.
4 Ghana News and Media Space Freedom – Questions and Answers
Does the state block or filter, or compel service providers to block or filter, internet content, particularly material that is protected by international human rights standards?
The government does not force content providers to block or filter online content that would be considered protected speech under international human rights law.
In May 2016, police officials suggested that the government may restrict access to social media platforms to “maintain peace” during the December 2016 elections. After public outcry, then-president Mahama announced authorities would not do so. See footnote 29
That same month, the NCA announced that it had received a petition from telecommunications companies to ban OTT services like Skype, WhatsApp, and Viber.30 The government denied that it would block those services after the announcement was heavily criticized. See footnote 31
Do state or nonstate actors employ legal, administrative, or other means to force publishers, content hosts, or digital platforms to delete content, particularly material that is protected by international human rights standards?
Government officials rarely force content hosts or online outlets to delete content. The last known instance of a forced takedown was in June 2019. Content hosts are not liable for their users’ activity under Ghanian law.
In February 2021, solicitors for the Judicial Service issued a letter to media houses, requesting that certain platforms remove content deemed offensive to Supreme Court judges. The letter noted that the solicitors would “take appropriate action” if the media houses did not comply. See footnote 32 The directive was resisted by the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) and the Ghana Journalists Association. See footnote 33
In March 2021, Chief Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah later made conciliatory statements regarding the issue, acknowledging the media’s right to criticize the judiciary. See footnote 34
The are no known cases where outlets removed content in response to the letter.
In June 2019, National Security Minister Albert Kan-Dapaah ordered the online news outlet Modern Ghana to take down an article it had published that month. The article reportedly criticized Kan-Dapaah and a member of Parliament. Modern Ghana complied with the request. A day later, security forces arrested two Modern Ghana employees and detained them, torturing one. See footnote 35
The Electronic Transactions Act (ETA), 2008 safeguards service providers from liability for illegal user content, as long as the service provider does not know that the content is illegal and removes it once notified. See footnote 37
Do restrictions on the internet and digital content lack transparency, proportionality to the stated aims, or an independent appeals process?
Online content restrictions are rare in Ghana, though legal processes for blocking and content removal do not establish clear rules for transparency and appeals. The last known case in which online content was removed at the request of a government official, in June 2019, was politicized, lacked transparency, and was disproportionate.
The ETA requires service providers to remove illegal content once notified. The act does not include provisions on user notice or avenues of appeal. Intermediaries can be held liable for “wrongful” removals of content. See footnote 38
The Cybersecurity Act, 2020 provides broad authority for the Cybersecurity Authority (CA) to block or filter online content on receipt of a court order. The law also places penalties on service providers that fail to comply with a blocking or filtering order, which may include up to one to five years’ imprisonment. See footnote 39
Section 99 of the ECA, which gives the president broad powers over service providers during a state of emergency, may also provide legal authority for blocking and filtering. See footnote 40
Do online journalists, commentators, and ordinary users practice self-censorship?
Ghanian internet users generally express themselves freely online, though some people engage in self-censorship when discussing certain sensitive issues. Media professionals report a growing sense of intimidation and a growing culture of intolerance for dissenting views on social media.
Some Ghanian internet users may avoid expressing opinions online for fear of being attacked by trolls or supporters of powerful political figures, as has been widely reported. See footnote 41
Users avoid discussion of subjects that are likely to lead to retribution in the form of public outrage, as online harassment is increasingly common, particularly for women.
Abuses against journalists by security forces, political partisans, and the general public have driven some reporters to be wary of their digital footprints. See footnote 42
Some journalists prefer to remain anonymous on social media to prevent offline confrontations. In some cases, Ghanaian journalists are not able to publicly express themselves because of politicized conditions set by the owners of their media outlet. See footnote 43
Are online sources of information controlled or manipulated by the government or other powerful actors to advance a particular political interest?
Online media outlets, and the Ghanaian media industry more generally, are manipulated by political parties and government officials through bribery, informal arrangements, and paid social media commentators.
Journalists are often offered money for “transportation” for attending an event and providing coverage, under a practice known as “soli.” As a practice, soli undermines objectivity and influences news coverage. In some cases, the soli offered is sufficiently large to influence how a journalist covers their story, or in some cases, serves to discourage publishing a story. See footnote 44
A number of online journalists, bloggers, and website owners have indicated that government officials or other actors attempt to bribe them or use close economic ties with service providers to influence the content they produce. See footnote 45
Political parties also seek to shape public perception by recruiting senior journalists to produce favourable coverage through their networks. See footnote 46
Public officials, including the president, are commonly understood to have close relationships with certain journalists who provide favourable coverage.
Government officials, political parties, and other actors surreptitiously employ individuals or automated systems to artificially amplify political narratives or smear campaigns on social media. Political parties regularly recruit social media commentators to drive conversations online, particularly following the 2016 elections. The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) reportedly pays over 700 social media commentators as of 2019. See footnote 47
Ahead of the December 2020 elections, several websites were created that impersonated trusted news sites and fact-checkers. The mock websites, which included clones of the state-owned newspaper Daily Graphic and the MFWA’s fact-checking website,48 reportedly posted the content that exclusively targeted the NPP, raising suspicions about the opposition National Democratic Congress’s (NDC) involvement. See footnote 49
Are there economic or regulatory constraints that negatively affect users’ ability to publish content online?
There are no formal constraints that limit the viability of online media outlets or service providers. The media landscape generally favours print and television media, including state media, which collect the bulk of advertising revenues in Ghana. See footnote 50
Online media outlets tend to rely on the monetization of their websites rather than advertising revenue.
Does the online information landscape lack diversity and reliability?
Generally, people are able to access a range of local, regional and international news sources that convey independent and balanced views in many languages. While Akan- and English-language media tend to dominate in print and online, regional and community radios offer expansive linguistic diversity. See footnote 51
Ghanaians using social media platforms are faced with misinformation on a daily basis. Political-party affiliates and troll armies sometimes fabricate stories to dilute topical discussions (see B5); according to AfroBarometer, 78 per cent of Ghanaians identified politicians as a source of misinformation. See footnote 52
Only 39 per cent of Ghanaians trust social media as a source of information, compared to the 55 per cent who trust public and private media outlets. This mistrust has driven support for social media regulation in the country. See footnote 53
Civil society organizations, such as Penplusbytes and the MFWA, work to counter misinformation. Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the MFWA has worked to counter COVID-19 misinformation, recruiting fact-checkers and updating COVID-19 data on Ghana and Africa. See footnote 54
Both organizations were active in fighting misinformation during the December 2020 elections, engaging in fact-checking efforts and forging partnerships with media outlets and government agencies. See footnote 55
Do conditions impede users’ ability to mobilize, form communities, and campaign, particularly on political and social issues?
Conditions in Ghana are suitable for people to mobilize and campaign on political and social issues in Ghana. People are generally able to mobilize without any state interference.
On May 2, 2021, Ghanaians started the Twitter hashtags #FixTheCountry and #FixTheCountryNow to protest an increase in fuel prices and taxes, as well as the poor healthcare system, bad road networks, and high rental rates. See footnote 56
Government officials and social media accounts linked to the government responded by circulating hashtags like #FixYourself, #NanaIsFixingIt, and #NanaIsWorking to compete with #FixTheCountry.
On May 4, the National Petroleum Authority and Ministry of Energy adjusted a planned fuel-price increase downward, to take effect the following day. See footnote 57
On May 9, Ghanaians protested in person and online after a court issued an injunction blocking a planned #FixTheCountry demonstration, citing COVID-19 restrictions. See footnote 58
Ghanaians have since continued to mobilize online and offline under the #FixTheCountry banner, including through a large protest held in August 2021, after the coverage period. See footnote 59
In November 2018, a group of civil society organizations, including the MFWA and the Media Coalition on Right to Information (RTI), launched the #RTIRedFriday campaign to pressure the government into passing the RTI Bill. See footnote 60
This campaign represented a significant contribution to the advocacy campaign that ended with the RTI Bill’s March 2019 passage.
Also in late 2018, residents of Madina, in the Greater Accra Region, launched the #FixOurFootbridgesNOW social media campaign after drivers killed more than 24 pedestrians crossing major roads. Youth leaders used Facebook and other social media platforms to mobilize demonstrations calling for the completion of footbridges in the locality. As of June 2019, during the previous coverage period, the government completed the footbridges. See footnote 61
Political parties had to adjust their campaigning methods ahead of the December 2020 elections due to COVID-19-related restrictions. Both the NPP and the NDC mobilized supporters over social media. See footnote 62
Both political parties also employed social media communication officers who mostly engaged in propaganda.
- 29 Kofi Yeboah, “Ghanaian President Vows Not to Shut Down Social Media During Elections,” Global Voices, September 15, 2016, https://advox.globalvoices.org/2016/09/15/ghanaian-president-vows-not-t….
- 30“NCA receives proposals to restrict WhatsApp, Skype, Viber calls,” My Joy Online, May 10, 2016, https://www.myjoyonline.com/nca-receives-proposals-to-restrict-whatsapp…
- 31“Government rules out OTT regulation in Ghana,” BizTech Africa, May 17, 2016, https://www.biztechafrica.com/article/government-rules-out-ott-regulati…
- 32Richard Abayeta Abugre, “Election Petition: Judicial Service order Media Houses to delete ‘vengeful, incendiary, hateful and spiteful’ comments against Justice,” Modern Ghana, February 27, 2021, https://www.modernghana.com/news/1064447/election-petition-judicial-ser…; “MFWA Calls on Media to Reject Autocratic Order from Judicial Service of Ghana,” Media Foundation for West Africa, March 2, 2021, https://www.mfwa.org/mfwa-calls-on-media-to-reject-autocratic-order-fro…
- 33“Judicial Service threats are assault on media freedom – GJA,” My Joy Online, March 2, 2021, https://www.myjoyonline.com/judicial-service-threats-are-assault-on-med…
- 34“Criticise us as violently as you can but don’t insult us – Chief Justice to media,” My Joy Online, March 3, 2021, https://www.myjoyonline.com/criticise-us-as-violently-as-you-can-but-do…
- 35“MFWA Demands Immediate Release of Arrested ModernGhana.com Journalists, Urges National Security Minister to Clarify Action,” Media Foundation for West Africa, June 28, 2019, https://www.mfwa.org/country-highlights/mfwa-demands-immediate-release-…; “Two Ghanaian journalists arrested and interrogated, one allegedly tortured in custody,” Committee to Protect Journalists, July 9, 2019, https://cpj.org/2019/07/two-ghanaian-journalists-arrested-on-cybercrime…; “
- 36“Twitter Transparency Center,” Twitter, accessed August 13, 2021, https://transparency.twitter.com/; “Content Restrictions Based on Local Law – Ghana,” Facebook, accessed August 13, 2021, https://transparency.fb.com/data/content-restrictions/country/GH/; “Google Transparency Report,” Google, accessed August 13, 2021, https://transparencyreport.google.com/.
- 37Electronic Transactions Act, 2008, Act 772, https://www.nca.org.gh/assets/Uploads/NCA-Electronic-Transactions-Act-7….
- 38Electronic Transactions Act, 2008, Act 772, https://www.nca.org.gh/assets/Uploads/NCA-Electronic-Transactions-Act-7….
- 39Republic of Ghana, “Cybersecurity Act, 2020 (Act 1038),” December 29, 2020, https://www.cybersecurity.gov.gh/documents/Cybersecurity%20Act%202020%2…
- 40“Law Enforcement Disclosure Report,” Vodafone, February 2015, http://www.vodafone.com/content/dam/sustainability/2014/pdf/operating-r…; Electronic Communications Act, 2008, Act 775, https://www.moc.gov.gh/sites/default/files/downloads/Electronic%20Commu…
- 41Selorm Tali, “Angry Kumericans attack and curse Twene Jonas for ‘insulting’ Asantehene (VIDEO),” Pulse, May 22, 2021, https://www.pulse.com.gh/entertainment/celebrities/angry-kumericans-att…; “John Mahama attacked by NPP supporters after saying this about Akufo-Addo,” Opera News, November 2020, https://gh.opera.news/gh/en/politics/dd196ae137085f92d826bd8c0b2c56a6; “Leila Efua Djansi responds to NPP attacks on her,” MyNewsGH, December 15, 2017, https://www.mynewsgh.com/leila-efua-djansi-responds-to-npp-attacks-on-h….
- 42“Critical Times for Press Freedom in Ghana as Violations Near Alarming Proportions,” Media Foundation for West Africa, December 11, 2019, https://www.mfwa.org/critical-times-for-press-freedom-in-ghana-as-viola…
- 43Nana Ama Agyemang Asante, “How free is Ghana’s media?,” Reuters, October 5, 2020, https://reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk/how-free-ghanas-media.
- 44“Soli for journalists is part of IMF bail-out package – Julius Debrah,” Ghana Business News, April 27, 2015, https://www.ghanabusinessnews.com/2015/04/27/soli-for-journalists-is-pa…; “‘Soli’ – A Necessary Evil, Modern Ghana,” May 5, 2015, https://www.modernghana.com/news/615596/soli-a-necessary-evil.html “Stop accepting soli – GJA Journalist of the Year tells journalists,” Graphic Online, November 28, 2019, https://www.graphic.com.gh/news/general-news/stop-accepting-soli-gja-jo…
- 45Nana Ama Agyemang Asante, “How free is Ghana’s media?,” Reuters, October 5, 2020, https://reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk/how-free-ghanas-media.
- 46“The Journalist, The Politician And The Black Bag,” Peacefmonline, August 19, 2015, https://www.peacefmonline.com/pages/comment/editorial/201508/251625.php…;
- 47Sulemana Braimah, “The NPP, NDC social media battalions and Election 2020,” Graphic Online, December 19, 2019, https://www.graphic.com.gh/features/opinion/the-npp-ndc-social-media-ba…; Elena Gadjanova et al., “Social Media, Cyber Battalions, and Political Mobilisation in Ghana,” University of Exeter– College of Social Sciences and International Studies, November 2019, https://www.researchgate.net/publication/337196512_Social_Media_Cyber_B….
- 48The Daily Graphic’s website, which is accessible at graphic.com.gh, was impersonated by graphicgh.com; the MFWA’s fact-checking initiative, Fact Check Ghana, which is accessible at fact-checkghana.com, was impersonated by ghanafactcheck.com.
- 49Etsey Atisu, “Election 2020: Pay attention! Don’t fall for cloned websites,” Ghana Fact, December 3, 2020, https://ghanafact.com/2020/12/election-2020-pay-attention-dont-fall-for….
- 50“Media Ownership Monitor Ghana – Indicators of Risks to Media Pluralism,” RSF and Media Foundation for West Africa, accessed August 13, 2021, https://ghana.mom-rsf.org/en/findings/findings/.
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- 52Josephine Appiah-Nyamekye Sanny and Edem Selormey, “Double-edged sword? Ghanaians see pros, cons of social media, want access but not fake news,” Afrobarometer Dispatch No. 366, June 8, 2020, https://www.africaportal.org/publications/double-edged-sword-ghanaians-…
- 53Josephine Appiah-Nyamekye Sanny and Edem Selormey, “Double-edged sword? Ghanaians see pros, cons of social media, want access but not fake news,” Afrobarometer Dispatch No. 366, June 8, 2020, https://www.africaportal.org/publications/double-edged-sword-ghanaians-…
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- 55“Penplusbytes set to deploy #GhanaElections 2020 Early Warning System,” Penplusbytes, December 4, 2020, http://penplusbytes.org/penplusbytes-set-to-deploy-ghanaelections-2020-…; “Ghana’s Elections 2020: MFWA’s Fact-Check Ghana Partners CODEO, Others to Counter Fake News,” Media Foundation for West Africa, December 7, 2020, https://www.mfwa.org/ghana-elections-2020-mfwas-fact-check-ghana-partne…
- 56Kenneth Awotwe Darko, “‘Fix the country!’ – Ghanaians on social media tell government,” My Joy Online, May 3, 2021, https://www.myjoyonline.com/fix-the-country-ghanaians-on-social-media-t…; Cristina Krippahl, “Ghana’s youth turn to social media to ‘fix country’s problems’,” Deutsche Welle, May 12, 2021, https://www.dw.com/en/ghanas-youth-turn-to-social-media-to-fix-countrys….
- 57“Fuel prices increment reduced from ¢0.17 to ¢0.09 per litre,” My Joy Online, May 4, 2021, https://www.myjoyonline.com/fuel-prices-increment-reduced-from-¢0-17-to-¢0-9-per-litre/
- 58Kenneth Awotwe Darko, “Angry Ghanaian youth take #FixTheCountry protests to social media after court injunction,” My Joy Online, May 9, 2021, https://www.myjoyonline.com/angry-ghanaian-youth-take-fixthecountry-pro….
- 59Joshua Bediako Koomson, “‘Fix The Country’ demo hits Accra,” Graphic Online, August 5, 2021, https://www.graphic.com.gh/news/general-news/fix-the-country-demo-hits-…; “#FixTheCountry protestors hit the streets of Accra,” MyJoyOnline, August 4, 2021, https://www.myjoyonline.com/fixthecountry-protestors-hit-the-streets-of….
- 60“CSOs, Media Coalition Declares Fridays #RTIREDFRIDAY Against Delay in the Passage of Right to Information Bill,” Media Foundation for West Africa, November 26, 2018, https://www.mfwa.org/issues-in-focus/csos-coalition-declares-fridays-rt…
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