Focus on issue-based discussions, avoid abusive language – MFWA to political party reps and affiliates

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The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has charged leaders of the various political parties to encourage their representatives and affiliates to desist from the use of inflammatory expressions on various media platforms and instead, focus on issue-based discussions.

The call follows findings from a two-week survey MFWA conducted between June 1-14, 2020.

The survey focused on monitoring 20 radio stations across the country including Accra FM, Peace FM, Happy FM, Oman FM, Okay FM among others.

Per the findings of the survey, 51 indecent expressions had been made across these twenty radio stations within the two-week period, with majority of those comments (16) being made on Oman FM.

The categories of indecent expressions include insulting and offensive remarks, unsubstantiated allegations, expressions calling for confrontation and violence and threats.

The main opposition party, National Democratic Congress (NDC) was found to be the lead perpetrator of this distasteful phenomenon.

Radio hosts who featured in the survey were also found to more often than not, overlook such comments without insisting on a retraction or an apology.

As part of its recommendations, MFWA is calling on regulatory bodies like the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) and the National Media Commission (NMC) to take a look at the findings and come out with remedial actions and processes.

Find below the full report from the survey:

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