Abusive Campaign Language on Radio: Hopeson Adoye, Joseph Yamin, Sir John on Top

The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has released its latest language monitoring report in which seven persons have been named as top users of abusive language on radio.

The latest report is based on monitoring of 972 programmes on 40 radio stations across the country for the period of May 16-31, 2016. In all, 58 indecent expressions were recorded on 17 out of the 40 radio stations monitored.

On top of the list of users of abusive language during the reporting period is Hopeson Adoye, a member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) communication team with a total of six indecent expressions. Sharing the second spot in this unenviable list of users of abusive campaign language are, Charles Owusu, a member of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) communication team and the NDC’s Joseph Yamin who is former Deputy Minister and now Deputy National Coordinator of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO). They used four indecent expressions each.

The next was Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie popularly called Sir John, former General Secretary of the NPP. Sir John shared the spot with Daasebre Dwamena, a presenter on Kumasi-based Ashh FM; Yaw Adomako Baafi, Deputy Communications Director of the NPP; and Ernest Owusu Bempah, Communications Director of the National Democratic Party (NDP). Each of them was cited for three indecent expressions.

As far as radio stations on which indecent expressions were used are concerned, the top four are Accra-based Okay FM (12), Oman FM (11), Happy FM (7) and Kumasi-based Ashh FM (5). The full report details the names of individuals and radio presenters who used abusive expressions, types of indecent expressions used, radio stations on which such indecent expressions were recorded; and political parties whose officials, affiliates and supporters used abusive language on radio.

The full report is available on the MFWA website, www.mfwa.org.

For more information, contact Sulemana Braimah on 0244520243 or Dora B. Mawutor on 0246740358.

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