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Politics Thu, 24 May 2012

NPP still leads in the use of indecent expressions on radio

The Media Foundation for West African (MFWA) on Thursday indicted the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) for use of indecent language on air after six weeks of monitoring of expressions on radio.

Results of the radio monitoring by MFWA made available to the Ghana News Agency in Accra, showed that supporters and officials of the NPP continued to dominate in the use of indecent expressions.

According to the report, supporters and officials of the opposition NPP made 10 out of the total 19 indecent expressions monitored from May 6, to May 12, whilst the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) followed closely with 7 indecent expressions.

Highlights of the findings indicated that two personalities, Nii Kwartei Titus Glover, a Deputy Communications Director of the NPP, and Chris Dugan of FONKAR, ( a group within the NDC that supports the Former First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings), were found to have used more than one indecent expression during the week.

According to the MFWA report, insults and offensive comments dominated the indecent expressions recorded during the forecast period.

MFWA in its bid to promote issue-based and decent language campaigning in Ghana’s 2012 elections, launched this project to monitor and report indecent expression by politicians and political activists in the campaign process.

The project involves monitoring specific programmes on 31 selected radio stations, and exposing politicians and activists who use indecent expressions as well as naming the radio stations on which such expressions are made.

The project is funded by STAR-Ghana, a multi-donor pooled funding mechanism funded by DFID, DANIDA, EU and USAID; to increase the influence of civil society and Parliament in the governance of public goods and service delivery.

The funding seeks to ultimately improve the accountability and responsiveness of the government, traditional authorities and the private sector in Ghana.**

Source: GNA