Abusive Language on Radio in July: NPP Recaptures Top Spot

The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has released its latest language monitoring report covering the month of July. During the month, a total of 44 indecent expressions were recorded on a total of 1,474 radio programmes monitored on 60 radio stations across the country.

Officials, supporters and members of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) made a total of 17 indecent expressions followed by officials, supporters and affiliates of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) who made a total of 7 indecent expressions.

Overall, Hopeson Adorye, a member of the NPP communication team, and Listowell Nana Kusi Poku of a group called National Labour Party (NLP) topped the list of individuals who made indecent expressions during the month of July. Each of them made five (5) indecent expressions

As far as radio stations are concerned, Accra-based Happy FM and Montie FM topped the pack of stations that recorded the use of abusive expressions on their platforms with 7 incidents each out of the 44 incidents recorded; followed by Zaa Radio and Okay FM with 4 incidents each.

The MFWA language monitoring project is aimed at encouraging people to be measured in their use of language by naming and shaming those who use abusive expressions on radio. The project titled, Promoting Issues-based and Decent Language Campaigning for a Peaceful, Free and Fair Elections in Ghana in 2016 is being carried out with funding support from OSIWA, STAR-Ghana, the EU (through Socioserve-Ghana) and the Embassy of France in Ghana.

The full report with other details on other individuals who used indecent expressions and the radio stations that recorded these incidents can be found here.

For more information, contact Abigail Larbi Odei on 0244867047 or Dora B. Mawutor on 0246740358.


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