He also revealed that the group would work closely with the Parliamentary Press Corps to ensure that the MPs are aware of the seriousness of their call.

As part of this pressure, the members of the Coalition would be in the public gallery this morning, clad in their T-shirts to press home their demands, while looking out for a hint of the RTI.

The statement went on to caution that the Coalition would not hesitate to picket in Parliament House, and may go as far as to boycott coverage of Plenary and Committee Sittings should no of action be taken towards the passage of the RTI Bill.

They also pledged to make the issue of the passage of RTI Bill a regular topic of conversation on the various platforms; engaging regularly with managers and Editors of various national, regional media, including community radio stations, to ensure that the wider population understand the benefits of the RTI regime.

Besides this, it would work with Ghanaian media personnel, home and abroad, to display RTI Passage placards at all functions attended by the Speaker of Parliament, the Majority and Minority Leaders, and the President.

The coalition also promised to track all promises made by public officials on the RTI Bill, and would go as far as naming and shaming them for reneging on their promises.

They also served notice that their lenses would be fixed on MPs who through their actions and inactions oppose the swift passage of a credible RTI law.Media RTI

They also, as part of their strategy, will resort strongly to social media, through the hashtag#PassItNow as it is a fact that the top trends on social media in Ghana are mainly campaigns promoted by media houses.

The statement also gave tacit support to the hashtag being employed by civil society #PassTheRTIBillNow.

It threatened to publish the contact information of all MPs on media platforms to get the public calling, emailing and mentioning their MPs on social media to “pass the RTI Bill now.”

Finally, the statement warned against the creation of the impression that the passage of the RTI Bill will promote irresponsible journalism as this is simply an act of unfair generalisation.

“Ghana has a good number of responsible journalists who have been the reasons for getting the news to the general public constantly and timely, and exposing rot by public officials and private persons despite very terrible conditions of service for journalists … and the great dangers we encounter in doing our work,” the statement added.