Monitoring of Indecent Language on Radio (June 15-30, 2020)

The second language monitoring report of the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has cited Nana Okatakyie Afrifa Mensah, programme host with Accra-based Happy FM, Listowel Nana Kusi Poku, Executive Secretary of Good Governance Advocacy Ghana, and Kwame Baffoe (also known as Abronye DC), Regional Chairman of the NPP in the Bono Region, as the most abusive on radio.

The three together made more than a third of the 39 indecent expressions recorded over the two-week monitoring period (June 15-30, 2020). Nana Okatakyie Afrifa Mensah, the host of Happy FM’s afternoon programme, Epa Hoa Daben, singlehandedly made six indecent expressions, followed by Listowel Nana Kusi Poku who made five indecent expressions. Kwame Baffoe (Abronye DC) followed with four indecent expressions.

A total of 793 programmes were monitored out of which 39 abusive expressions were recorded. The 39 indecent expressions were made up of insults and offensive comments, unsubstantiated allegations, remarks encouraging violence, threats, comments promoting divisiveness, and provocative remarks.

Overall, officials and affiliates of two major political parties in Ghana – National Democratic Congress (NDC) and New Patriotic Party (NPP) – were captured making unsavoury remarks on radio. Officials and affiliates of the NDC recorded the highest number (14) of indecent expressions. Those of the NPP recorded nine incidents.

Here is the full report

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