The Media-Democracy Paradox in Ghana (Book)

Rethinking Political Communication in an African Context

The book focuses on the matrix offered by the media-democracy paradox in Ghana, Africa and the Global South. Its intention is to challenge the intellectual rigour of scholars, academics, researchers and students. The analytical frames it offers are to generate intellectual discourses across democracy, history, media, journalism and communication.


The Media-Democracy Paradox in Ghana focuses on the matrix offered by the media-democracy paradox in Ghana, Africa and the Global South. Uniquely placed as the first black African Country south of the Sahara to attain political independence from Great Britain, Ghana is widely acknowledged by the international community as a model of democracy. The book researches into the praxis of this democracy and its media, delving into Ghana’s evolvement, media practice, leadership aspirations, pressure group politics and ethnic and tribal cleavages. A rich data source for students, scholars and researchers on both the African continent and in the diaspora, The Media-Democracy Paradox in Ghana examines the growing influence of social media in political discourse and provides an insightful analysis on debates surrounding political communication and its implications for strengthening democratic culture.

Wilberforce Sefakor Dzisah is a senior lecturer and communications consultant at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Greenhill. He is the immediate former Rector of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) and holds a Ph.D. in communication and media from the University of Westminster.

Preface vii

Acknowledgements xii

List of Abbreviations xiii

1. Theorizing Media and Democracy 1

2. Media Ownership and Control 31

3. The African Perspective of Media and Democracy 48

4. African Governance System and Democracy 67

5. The Early Press, Nkrumah and Nationalism 86

6. Military Adventurism, Democrats and the Media 100

7. Media and Communication Ethics 115

8. Monopoly to Pluralism: Radio and Television 134

9. Social Media and Democratic Elections 149

10. Conclusion 166


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