The principle of Decency is the most violated ethic among 26 media organisations that were monitored for ethical violations for the period of July 1-15.
Decency was violated 73 times out of 116 violations that was recorded during the period. This was followed by Accuracy which was violated 27 times.
The findings are contained in the third report of the Media Foundation for West Africa’s (MFWA) media ethics monitoring project. The project monitored 935 media content from 10 Akan language broadcasting radio stations, 10 newspapers and six news websites.
A total of 116 ethical violations were recorded, with radio stations perpetrating most of the infractions (92%). The remaining violations were recorded in the news websites (8%), with newspapers recording no violations for the period of monitoring.
Pro-New Democratic Congress (NDC) radio station, Power FM, recorded 75 infractions, the highest violation recorded. This was followed by pro-New Patriotic Party radio station Oman FM with 25 violations. The news website, Ghanaweb.com, followed with six violations. Multimedia’s Adom FM, with five violations, recorded the fourth highest ethical infractions.
The report further observed that some news anchors and hosts of political talk shows often projected their personal opinions when presenting/hosting their programmes as against the material facts of the stories. It also revealed incidence of overstatements and exaggerations of the details of stories and a conscious effort by some news anchors to be humorous, watering down the serious news stories with jokes.
The monitoring of media ethics is part of a project titled: Enhancing media professionalism to inspire public confidence and support for press freedom in Ghana. The objective of the project is to identify and highlight incidents of ethical infractions and drawing attention to such breaches as a way of fostering adherence to ethical principles by media organisations.
The instrument being used for the monitoring, which contains the category definitions for tracking and reporting of ethical principles is also available here. For further clarifications and media interviews, contact Programme Manager, Vivian Affoah (0244896588), or Programme Officer, Kwaku Krobea Asante (0249484528).