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This article provides an empirically grounded assessment of China’s increasing role in the African mediasphere. It examines the strategic importance of Chinese media assistance to Ghana along three dimensions: the potential appeal of the Chinese approach to information regulation for countries struggling to balance development and risks to political stability; the direct intervention of Chinese companies in the media and telecommunication sectors through the provision of loans, equipment and technical expertise; and the stepping up of China’s public diplomacy strategy through the expansion of international broadcasters and the increase of exchange and training programs targeting African citizens.

Partner, prototype or persuader? China’s renewed media engagement with Ghana, by Iginio Gagliardone, Nicole Stremlau, Daniel Nkrumah

This article provides an empirically grounded assessment of China’s increasing role in the African mediasphere. It examines the strategic importance of Chinese media assistance to Ghana along three dimensions: the potential appeal of the Chinese approach to information regulation for countries struggling to balance development and risks to political stability; the direct intervention of Chinese companies in the media and telecommunication sectors through the provision of loans, equipment and technical expertise; and the stepping up of China’s public diplomacy strategy through the expansion of international broadcasters and the increase of exchange and training programs targeting African citizens.

Partner, prototype or persuader? China’s renewed media engagement with Ghana, by Iginio Gagliardone, Nicole Stremlau, Daniel Nkrumah

Mr Pratt laid the gauntlet down on Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem morning show of Thursday October 11, 2012 while commenting on a pledge by PPP flagbearer Papa Kwesi Nduom to publicly declare his assets and also create jobs for the ordinary Ghanaian in an earlier interview on the show. The Insight Editor punched holes in Dr Nduom’s submission as well as his party’s manifesto pledges, insisting that a public declaration of assets was already required under the Constitution and the PPP had nothing new to offer Ghanaians. However, the PPP Communications Director took exception to Mr Pratt’s comments. In a text message to show host Adakabre Frimpong Manso, Richmond Keelson warned Mr Pratt to stay clear of his flagbearer or face the consequences.

Mr Pratt laid the gauntlet down on Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem morning show of Thursday October 11, 2012 while commenting on a pledge by PPP flagbearer Papa Kwesi Nduom to publicly declare his assets and also create jobs for the ordinary Ghanaian in an earlier interview on the show. The Insight Editor punched holes in Dr Nduom’s submission as well as his party’s manifesto pledges, insisting that a public declaration of assets was already required under the Constitution and the PPP had nothing new to offer Ghanaians. However, the PPP Communications Director took exception to Mr Pratt’s comments. In a text message to show host Adakabre Frimpong Manso, Richmond Keelson warned Mr Pratt to stay clear of his flagbearer or face the consequences.

Mr Ampratwum said the research revealed that a solid majority of Ghanaians supported media exposure of government mistakes and corruption with 55 per cent of them endorsing free media practice
But a large minority (43 per cent) endorse government control over the media practice, he added.

Commenting on this, Professor Audrey Gadzekpo, Member of the Board of Directors, CDD, Ghana, said it sounded ironical that in one breath Ghanaians supported and applauded the media for their efforts in exposing corruption and mistakes of government, but at the same time endorsed governmental control over the media. She said it could be that either the respondents did not have proper understanding of what the media was or that perhaps public confidence in the ability of the media to operate within their boundaries was on a decline.