Media Foundation cites NPP for indecent expression

Accra, Aug. 19,
GNA – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has cited officials, supporters
and members of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) to have used the
most indecent expression in July.

According to the
MFWA monthly analysis NPP made a total of 17 indecent expressions out of 44
indecent expressions recorded for the period followed by officials, supporters
and affiliates of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) who made a
total of seven indecent expressions.

A total of 44
indecent expressions were recorded on a total of 1,474 radio programmes
monitored on 60 radio stations across the country from July 1 – 31, 2016, MFWA
report made available to the Ghana News Agency in Accra said.

The report said
President John Dramani Mahama, who is also the Presidential Candidate of the
ruling NDC, was the target of nine abusive comments while the NPP Presidential
Candidate, Nana Addo Dankaw Akufo-Addo, was the object of five abusive
expressions.

The report also
said Mr Hopeson Adorye, a member of the NPP Communication Team, and Mr
Listowell Nana Kusi Poku of the National Labour Party (NLP), topped the list of
individuals who made indecent expressions during the month of July. Each of
them made five indecent expressions.

The MFWA said
Happy FM and Montie FM topped the pack of stations that recorded the use of
abusive expressions on their platforms with seven incidents each out of the 44
incidents recorded; followed by Zaa Radio and Okay FM with four incidents each.

The Foundation
said the abusive expressions were mostly recorded during the discussion of
issues such as corruption, political party activities, and election-related
issues.

The statistics
indicates that 44 indecent expressions were made by political party officials,
supporters and affiliates, radio programme hosts and presenters, and other
individuals whose political or group affiliation could not be established on
the programmes monitored.

Thirty-five
out  of 
the  44 indecent  expressions 
recorded  were  made 
by  political  party 
officials, supporters and affiliates. Individuals whose political
affiliation was unknown made the remaining nine.

The report noted
that officials, supporters and affiliates of five political parties were cited
for using abusive expressions. They were: NPP, NDC, Progressive People’s Party
(PPP), People’s National Congress (PNC), and the National Democratic Party
(NDP).

Also cited for
the use of indecent expressions were affiliates of a group introduced as New
Labour Party (NLP).

The NPP
officials, supporters and affiliates dominated in the use of unsubstantiated
allegations and provocative remarks, whiles affiliates of the NLP led in the
use of insulting and offensive comments.

According to the
report the indecent expressions recorded were targeted at the NPP and the NDC,
their presidential candidates and other individuals with no clear political or
group affiliation.

The NDC as a
party, along with some named individuals in the party, were the object of nine
abusive expressions, whiles the NPP, along with some officials and affiliates
of the party, were the targets of four indecent expressions.

The Electoral
Commission was also abused, the MFWA report stated. There were two indecent
expressions against the Commission and its leadership. The remaining 15 indecent
expressions were directed at some parliamentarians, academics, and other
individuals.

The MFWA monthly
language monitoring project is aimed at encouraging people to be measured in
their use of language by naming and shaming those who use abusive expressions
on radio.

The project is
titled: “Promoting Issues-based and Decent Language Campaigning for a Peaceful,
Free and Fair Election in Ghana in 2016”.

It also  monitors how presenters on the  target 
radio  stations  handle 
their  programmes  to 
ensure  that  indecent 
expressions  are  not 
tolerated  on  their programmes.

Each target
station is assigned a trained monitor who is also equipped with a digital
recorder to record the programmes monitored. The monitors send daily reports to
the MFWA.

The reports are
analysed by a team of staff and researchers at the MFWA with a consolidated
report publicised every two weeks.

GNA

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