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Title:Imaging a president: Rawlings in 'The Ghanaian Chronicle'
Author:Osam, KwekuISNI
Periodical:Legon Journal of the Humanities (ISSN 0855-1502)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Ghana
West Africa
Subjects:heads of State
Ghana--Politics and government
Mass media--Political aspects
Rawlings, Jerry J., 1947-
About person:Jerry John Rawlings (1947-)ISNI
Abstract:The postindependence political history of Ghana is replete with failed civilian and military governments. At the close of the 1970s and the beginning of the 1980s, a young Air Force Officer, Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings, burst onto the political scene through a coup. After a return to civilian rule in 1992 with Rawlings as Head of State, he finally stepped down in 2000. For a greater part of his rule, press freedom was curtailed. But with the advent of civilian rule, backed by a Constitution that guaranteed press freedom, the country experienced a phenomenal increase in privately owned media. One of these was 'The Ghanaian Chronicle', the most popular private newspaper in the last years of Rawlings' time in office. This article examines Letters to the Editor from 'The Ghanaian Chronicle' in 2000 which focused on Rawlings. It demonstrates that by manipulating various discourse structures, writers of these letters project an anti-Rawlings ideology as a means of resisting what they see as political dominance reflected in Rawlings' rule. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]