MFWA’s Report Cites Media Houses For Ethical Violations

The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has released the first of its media ethics monitoring report citing a number of media houses for ethical violations during the month of May, 2014.

Prominent among the media organizations cited for ethical violations are news portal, the Accra-based Adom FM and the Daily Guide Newspaper.

The Accra-based Adom FM recorded the highest number of ethical violations among the 24 radio stations monitored while the Daily Guide newspaper topped the 10 newspapers monitored and, the five online portals.

The report also contains a number of recommendations for media regulatory bodies, groups and associations and the journalism institutions.

Some of the specific recommendations made by the MFWA include the fact that media groups/associations should prioritise and undertake continuous professional capacity building for members; media groups and associations should introduce effective self-regulatory mechanisms that promote adherence to ethical standards among journalists; and journalism training schools should endeavour to nurture a culture of adherence to professional ethics among students.

The media ethics monitoring forms part of activities under the MFWA’s project: Promoting Professional Standards and Enhancing the Watchdog Role of the Ghanaian Media. The project is aimed at improving the professional standards of the media in Ghana and supporting them to play a much more effective role in fostering transparent and accountable governance in Ghana through critical and investigative stories.

Issued by the MFWA in Accra on July 8, 2014

The MFWA is a regional independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Accra. It was founded in 1997 to defend and promote the rights and freedom of the media and of expression.

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