Ghanaian female songstress Sister Derby also known as the African Mermaid has expressed her displeasure over a private tape which was aired in the studios of Joy FM without her consent.
According to Sister Derby, the producer of the Super Morning Show, Victor Brachie called her yesterday and invited her to the studious to talk about Cyberbullying of which she has been a victim. She stated that they had a conversation with the producer on phone and didn’t know she was being recorded.
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However, upon her arrival at the Studios, the host played the private conversation she had with the producer recorded without her consent on air with the excuse that there was nothing damning about their conversation hence the decision to play an edited voice of their conversation.
She took to Facebook to write,
Unfortunate true story: Yesterday I was called by a gentleman named Victor Brachie of Joy FM, inviting me to their studios for a discussion on cyberbullying this morning. Without my knowledge or consent, this gentleman recorded our conversation in which I was sharing my reservations about interviews, journalistic standards and the attitude of some media personnel, as well as my views on cyberbullying. I eventually agreed to the interview, only to turn up at their studios this morning to hear an edited version of our private conversation already being played on air.
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His excuse? Nothing damning was said in the telephone conversation.
I chose not to participate in the discussion any longer.
The GJA’s Code of Ethics include the following:
• Obtains information, only by honest, straightforward, fair and open means
• Respects the individual’s rights to privacy and human dignity.
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It’s been an unfortunate series of events, starting with invasion of my privacy, recording of a conversation without my knowledge or consent, editing of this confidential conversation and playing it on air – all without permission or approval of any kind.
I least expected this from a rep of Joy FM’s stature. This appalling treatment meted out to me should certainly not be occurring in this day and age.