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Tuning into hate speech in Ghana

In the lead up to Ghana's presidential elections, the MFWA is monitoring selected radio programmes on a daily basis to to track and report on the use of hate speech and other indecent expressions by politicians and activists. The monitoring is part of a project called Promoting Issues-based and Decent Language Campaigning for a Peaceful Elections in Ghana in 2016.

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This statement was originally published on on 24 October 2016.

The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has released its latest language monitoring report covering the month of September. During the month, a total of 14 incidents of indecent expressions were recorded on a total of 1,906 radio programmes monitored on 60 radio stations across the country.

Officials, supporters and affiliates of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) were the most culpable in the use of indecent expressions on radio during the month of September. The two parties were each cited for the use of five (5) indecent expressions. Officials, supporters and affiliates of the National Democratic Party (NDP) followed with 2 incidents of indecent expressions while the Ghana Freedom Party (GFP) recorded one (1) incident.

Overall, Mr. George Lawson, Deputy General Secretary of the NDC was cited for the highest number of abusive comments during the month of September. He was cited for 4 different incidents of indecent expressions.

Six out of the 60 stations monitored recorded the 14 incidents of indecent expressions. Accra-based Happy FM topped the pack with 6 out of the 14 indecent expressions recorded. Okay FM, also an Accra-based radio station followed with 4 recorded incidents.

The full report with other details on other individuals who used indecent expressions and the radio stations that recorded these incidents can be found here.

For more information, contact Abigail Larbi Odei on 0244867047 or Dora B. Mawutor on 0246740358.

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