After the election in 2000 the new government reduced the tensions between the private media and government. The government supported of press freedom and repealed the criminal libel law, though maintained that the media had to act responsibly. The Ghanaian media has been described as "one of the most unfettered" in Africa, operating with little restriction on private media. The private press often carries criticism of government policy. The media were vigorous in their coverage of the 2008 Ghanaian presidential election, and the Ghanaian Journalists Association (GJA) praised John Atta Mills on his election, hoping to foster a good media-government relationship. During a 1999 interview, the GJA described how the media has helped promote democracy in the country:
"The press has forced the Government to accept that officials are accountable...It is for us a positive indication that the media of Ghana have made some impact on democracy since the foundation of the 4th Republic."