Oxy FM presenter, several party communicators fingered for indecent language use

The latest report on language use on selected radio stations across the country by the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has fingered an Oxy FM radio presenter and party communicators for NDC, NPP and NDP for using inappropriate language in the media.

The monitoring, conducted between August 11 and 17, however, revealed that there were 11 instances of use of indecent language on radio, representing a minimal reduction. The previous week’s report cited 14 instances where political commentators used indecent language on radio.

“While the reduction in the number of indecent expressions on radio is a positive development, it is extremely worrying that party communicators and radio presenters were the main culprits of indecent expressions during the week covered by this report”, stated the report.

The report cited, Kwame Alfred, a morning show presenter on Nsawam-based Oxy FM, for using three different indecent expressions on his programme – Oxy Talk.

He was found to have made one “unsubstantiated allegation” and two “offensive allegations”. One of such offensive remarks, according to the report, was contained in a text message he read on August 12, 2013.

The report also cited John Donyina, Communications Director of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Techiman South Constituency for making “unsubstantiated allegations” on Classic FM’s Big Breakfast Show on August 13, 2013.

Also, Yaw Buaben Asamoah, Deputy Communications Director of the NPP made similar remarks on Oman FM’s National Agenda on August 15, 2013, the reported indicated.

The media monitoring report which does not repeat the alleged indecent expressions made by persons cited, also mentioned Apraku Tuffour, a member of the NPP’s communication team in the Brong Ahafo Region, as the third NPP member who made “unsubstantiated allegations”. He made his remarks on Space FM’s Morning Flight programme on August 13, 2013.

Mr Emmanuel Atefoah Danso also of the NPP was however lauded by the report for making a pacifist remark on Citi FM’s Eyewitness News on August 16, 2013.

‘Like we’ve said on many platforms and beyond, we have pledged our unflinching commitments to the resolve of this country and we still stand by it…. and for us the message is very clear, this country is the only country we have and we don’t want people to do things to disturb the peace of this country and that we still stand by…we will not do anything to disturb the peace we are enjoying today’, the report quoted him as saying on the programme.

“An interviewee who was identified as Baba and an affiliate of the [National Democratic Congress]NDC – on Radio A1’s Nyetaa Saha programme [on] August 12, 2013, restated an indecent expression made by an NPP activist in 2010 which had been widely condemned”, the reported said.

Ernest Owusu Bempah, Deputy Communications Director of the National Democratic Party (NDP), according to the report, made a “provocative” remark on Oman FM’s Boiling Point programme on August 15, 2013.

In conclusion, the report admonished political parties to actively engage their communicators on the need to refrain from the use of indecent expression while representing their respective parties on media programmes.

“It is also important for radio station managers and owners to take keen interest in maintaining professional standards on their networks. Programme presenters and editors will have to, at this stage, exercise their gatekeeping responsibility responsibly and professionally”, said the report.

The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), a regional independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation (NGO), conducts periodic monitoring of selected media houses across the country in a bid to clean the airwaves of inciteful and other inappropriate language.

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