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Regional News Wed, 25 Jul 2007

Radio Stations Promoting Democracy in Brong Ahafo Region

Space FM, Sunyani, July 25 - Mr Raphael Ahenu Jnr, the Chief Executive Officer of African Media Aid, a non governmental media organisation in Sunyani, has observed that the proliferation of independent radio stations in the region has enhanced decision making thereby promoting democracy. He said radio stations have also helped to ensure proper understanding of government policies and programmes.

Speaking at a meeting to review the performance of radio stations in the region, the CEO noted that stations such as Space FM, Sky FM, Radio BAR, all in Sunyani, Shalom Radio at Berekum, Classic FM in Techiman, Dormaa FM and Gifts FM both at Dormaa and Royals FM at Wenchi, have greatly contributed to the enhancement of public participation in democratic governance. “Some radio stations have through their programmes enhanced participatory democracy”, he said.

Mr Ahenu however noted that in spite of the positive contribution to democracy, the medium of radio has sometimes been used to foment crisis.

He said sections of the public are of the view that interactive radio programmes, including phone -ins, should be properly managed.“Phone-in programmes should not be condemned but attempts should be made to educate hosts of radio programmes on how to regulate discussions to forestall insults”, he said.

He reiterated the call on government to establish more community radio stations throughout the country to facilitate vertical and horizontal communication, between the people and their leaders.

Source: Space FM,Sunyani