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General News of Wednesday, 17 August 2016


NPP recaptures top spot for indecent language use on radio

The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has released its July language monitoring report showing the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) tops political parties that use indecent language on radio.

In the June, the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) beat the NPP in the use of indecent expressions on radio.

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 NPP made a total of 17 indecent expressions followed by officials, supporters and affiliates of the ruling NDC who made a total of 7 indecent expressions, said MFWA.

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.

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.