Oman FM cited for creating platform for use of indecent expressions

 

Accra, Sept. 28, GNA - Oman FM, an Accra based radio station, has been cited for creating a platform on which a lot of the indecent expressions were made, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), stated in Accra on Friday.

    MFWA’s report on Electoral campaign language use on radio for the period, September 16 – 22, made available to the Ghana News Agency indicates that a total of 27 indecent expressions were recorded on eight radio stations.

    According to the MFWA, statistics as many as nine of the indecent expressions were made during the station’s Boiling Point and National Agenda programmes.

     In the previous week’s (September 9 - 15, 2012) report, the station was cited as registering eight of the 24 indecent remarks on the two programmes.

    The statement signed by MFWA Executive Director, Professor Kwame Karikari, noted that three of 27 indecent expressions were rebroadcasts on Accra-based Radio Gold; the only radio station that has been found to be replaying indecent remarks persistently.

     According to MFWA, a Kumasi-based radio station, Angel FM, is also gradually becoming a platform on which indecent expressions are often made.   

     For about four consecutive weeks (August 26 to September 22, 2012), Angel FM has been cited consistently as one of the radio stations on which indecent expressions were recorded. For this week, five (5) indecent expressions were recorded on the station.

      The daily monitoring of electoral campaign language-use on radio is a project by the MFWA with funding from STAR-Ghana a multi- donor pooled funding mechanism (Funded by DFID, DANIDA, EU and USAID).

      The exercise seeks to name and shame individuals and political activists who make indecent expressions on radio with the aim of contributing to peaceful, free and fair elections in December 2012.

      The MFWA noted that within the period, a total of 27 indecent expressions were recorded on programmes monitored on the 31 radio stations selected for the project.

      The MFWA said with the exception of three, all the indecent remarks were recorded during political discussion programmes.

      The breakdown of the expressions is as follows: Insulting or Offensive Comments 12; Unsubstantiated Allegations eight; Provocative Remarks three; Inflammatory Remarks two; Remarks calling for violence or confrontation one and Comment Promoting Divisiveness one.

     On Inflammatory Remarks, MFWA cited Radio Gold for replaying an inflammatory remark during the station’s Newspaper Review segment aired on September 17 and again replayed remarks calling for confrontation during the station’s Newspaper Review segment of September 17.  

     According to MFWA all the 27 indecent expressions including the rebroadcasts were captured on eight radio stations.

     The breakdown of the indecent expressions captured on each of the eight radio stations is presented below:

 

Table         Expressions Used by Radio Stations

Radio Station

Types of Expressions recorded on Radio

Insulting/ Offensive Comments

Unsubst. Allegations

Provocative Remarks

Inflammatory Remarks

Remarks Calling for Violence

Divisive comment

Total

 

Oman FM

7

2

0

0

0

0

9

Angel FM

3

2

0

0

0

0

5

Radio Gold

0

0

0

2

1

0

3

Classic FM

0

2

2

0

0

0

4

North Star FM

1

1

0

0

0

0

2

Ankobra FM

1

1

0

0

0

0

2

Space FM

0

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

     The MFWA also cited Mr. Ken Kuranchie, the Managing Editor of the Daily Searchlight newspaper, for having made an indecent expression.

     According to MFWA Mr Kuranchie was the only Newspaper Editor who had been cited for using indecent expressions on radio in several of the weekly monitoring reports.

     The MFWA therefore urged all radio stations to desist from the replay of indecent expressions on their networks since they tended to amplify such expressions and their potentially negative ramifications.

     The Foundation said the rebroadcasting of the specific indecent expressions recorded in this monitoring exercise would amount to the same inappropriate action.

     The specific expressions used by persons cited in our reports were, however, available at the MFWA.


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