Niger’s Election 2020: Provocative Remarks Dominate Political Discourse on Radio for the month of November

The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) monitoring of indecent and abusive language on radio in Niger has revealed that during the month of November, provocative remarks were the most used abusive expression by political actors.

Out of 14 indecent expressions recorded for the period, provocative remarks were used 09 times while unsubstantiated allegations were used five (05) times, making a total of 14 indecent expressions in the month of November.

The indecent expressions were recorded following the monitoring of 330 radio programmes across thirteen (13) radio stations broadcasting in the Niger region. The programmes monitored as part of the indecent language monitoring project included news bulletins, political debates, news programmes and current affairs shows aired on the 13 radio stations.

The report revealed that the MODEN FA LUMANA recorded the highest number of indecent expressions (09) followed by the MPN KISHIN Kassa which recorded (02) indecent expressions, PNDS-Tarraya with (01) indecent expression, and two independent officials who recorded one indecent expression each.

Political actors cited in the November language monitoring report include Mr. Hama Amadou, leader of the MODEN FA LUMANA, Malam Sani Maman, General Secretary of the MODEN FA LUMANA, Soumana Sanda, Niamey regional Coordinator of the MODEN FA LUMANA, and Ibrahim Yacouba, flagbearer of the MPN Kishin Kassa.

Out of the 13 radio stations monitored during the period, six (06) recorded the use of indecent expressions. Niger 24 recorded the highest (04) number of indecent expressions followed by Canal3 which recorded (03) indecent expressions, and radio Anfani, Bonferey, Labari which recorded (02) two indecent language each, then Alternative radio which recorded (01) indecent expression.

The language monitoring project is implemented in Niger by the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) in partnership with its national partner, the Niger Observatory for Media Ethics (ONIMED). The project aims at promoting issue-based campaigning and peaceful elections in the 2020 general elections in Niger. The project is being implemented with funding support from OSIWA.

The full report (in French) can be accessed here.

The Instrument being used for the monitoring of indecent language on radio, is also available here (French version).

For more information about the monitoring report, kindly contact Ibrahim Moussa, Project Officer at ONIMED, Niger: Tel: +227 96 56 78 63 or send a mail at: [email protected].

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