Businessman Oscar Yao Doe has stated on his instagram page the absolute right to freedom and speech Ghanaians enjoy under the 1992 constitution.
The businessman stated that no one has the power under the constitution to gag or control what one writes, says or post on social media. However, he reiterated that write ups, utterances and post on social media platforms by citizens which creates war, overthrow of government through coup plotting amounts to crime.
The businessman enlightened the public by citing articles in the 1992 constitution to support his assertion. He therefore opined that even the President of Ghana, Nana Akuffo Addo do not have the power to control the freedom and liberty of Ghanaians.
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HEROES OF FREEDOM, DEMOCRACY & LIBERTY: RT. HON PETER ALA ADJETEY SPEAKER OF PARLIAMENT 4TH REPUBLIC.(3RD) (NPP) Under the fundamental laws of the republic of Ghana, one law stands unequivocal and grants the people of Ghana the right to freedom without any bug. The law in itself is a reflection of declaration made in 1948 under Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR) Article 19 which stipulates that “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without any interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers”. Article 12(1) of the 1992 Constitution binds all the citizens and spectators alike living within the confines of the Republic of Ghana that, all shall obey the fundamental human rights and freedoms, especially the freedom of the media which was tremendously calculated and added into the fundamental human rights of the republic of Ghana under Article 165 of the Constitution. “For the avoidance of doubt, the provisions of this Chapter shall not be taken to limit the enjoyment of any of the fundamental human rights and freedoms guaranteed under Chapter 5 of this Constitution.” Those whom the framers of the constitution feared the threat to these freedoms could come from are categorically mentioned under Article 12(1) of the constitution and it is required that, all those mentioned in that category shall live to the bitter taste of accepting others to talk and air freely without hindrance or censorship. ABSOLUTE RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH & EXPRESSION, MEDIA AND FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION WHICH IS SOLELY "GUARANTEE" IN GHANA'S CONSTITUTION. NO ONE HAS POWER UNDER OUR CURRENT CONSTITUTION TO CONTROL WHAT YOU CAN WRITE,SAY,OR POST ON SOCIAL MEDIA.END OF STORY.BUT SAYING THINGS THAT CAN CREATE WAR,OR OVERTHROWN THE GOVERNMENT THROUGH COUP PLOTTING IS A CRIME.EVEN PRESIDENT AKUFO ADDO DON'T HAVE THE POWER TO CONTROL FREEDOM AND LIBERTY OF GHANAIANS.NO OTHER LAW CAN OVERRIDE OUR CONSTITUTION UNLESS THEY ARE COMPATIBLE.1992 CONSTITUTION IS SUPREME.