The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has presented findings of its language monitoring to the National Chairmen of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr Kwabena Adjei and Mr Jake Obetsebi Lamptey respectively.
The presentation of the monitoring report comes a day after the Chairmen of the two political parties publicly declared their commitment and resolve to sanction members of their parties who use indecent language. While we commend the pronouncements by the chairmen, we are of the view that what is important is how they actualise their declaration against indecent expressions.
This is because in the past, many such public declarations and commitments have been made by political party leaders without implementation.
The report submitted to the party chairmen contains names of the respective party leaders/activists who were cited for using unacceptable language on various radio stations.
The MFWA is hoping that the party Chairmen will act in line with their promise by publicly rebuking their members who are cited for using unsavoury remarks.
Meanwhile, the MFWA has also presented copies of the report to the Presidents of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) and the Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA). Copies of the report have also been delivered to the National Media Commission and the National Communications Authority.
The MFWA urges the GJA leadership to publicly indicate its commitment to sanction members who fail to comply with the ethics of the profession. In addition, we call on the leadership of GIBA to also make a public commitment to deal appropriately with its members who allow their stations to be used as platforms for hate speech.
Issued by the MFWA in Accra on August 16, 2013
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