Asempa FM’s Kojo Asare Baffour Acheampong(KABA) has been selected by the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), a regional independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization to help check the incidence of inflammatory commentary by activists during and after the hearing a Presidential Election Petition at the Supreme Court.
KABA as he is popularly known, is host of Ekosii Sen and Kukurantumi on Asempa FM and also hosts Badwam morning show on Adom TV on MultiTV.
He will chair the first session of panel of political talk show moderators across the country.
It will be recalled that it was on KABA’s Ekosii Sen that an NDC political commentator Stephen Atubiga made statements that were found contemptuous and sentenced by the Supreme Court to three days in prison.
Incidents like this appear to have informed the MFWA to from August 1, 2013 carry out daily monitoring of expressions used on key programmes on 26 radio stations across the country.
The exercise will span the next three months, August 1 – October 31.
In a press statement issued July 26, MFWA said the exercise, which is aimed at enhancing professionalism and reducing incidence of hate speech and pro-violence expressions in the media, is in response to the need for the media to contribute to mitigating violence during and after the adjudication of the 2012 Election Petition by the Supreme Court.
According to the Foundation, the legal dispute over the 2012 presidential results at the Supreme Court, coupled with inflammatory comments by political activists mainly from the ruling NDC and opposition NPP, have heightened fears and anxieties about potential violence after the Court’s judgement.
The project will involve daily monitoring of expressions used by politicians and activists in discussing and commenting on the proceedings and ruling of the SC.
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