MFWA to monitor radio stations for ‘hate speech’ ahead of elections

The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has launched a radio monitoring programme to kick against ‘hate speech’ ahead of the general elections.

Progragramme Manager for the organization, Abigail Larbi-Odei told the exercise is focused on the use of abusive language on radio before, during and after the election.

She says about influential 70 radio stations have been selected across the country for the monitoring exercise which starts from April to the election month, November.

“Reports will be issued every two weeks and political party communicators who will use abusive languages will be cited,” She said.

Larbi-Odei added that radio station who will allow the use of unacceptable language on their airwaves will be cited in the report as well.

“The report will be sent to the National Media Commission (NMC) and a final report will be put out,” she indicated.

According to Larbi-Odei, the Foundation is not mandated to punish offenders that is why they will forward their report to the NMC for further action.

Below is the full list of radio stations to be monitored for the exercise:

Greater Accra Region (20):
Joy FM, Citi FM, Peace FM, Adom FM, Okay FM, Starr FM, Montie FM, Neat FM, Kasapa, Hot FM, Radio Gold, Oman FM, Accra FM, Class FM, Maraba FM, Top FM, Happy FM, Atinka FM, Rainbow Radio, Asempa Fm.

2. Ashanti Region (10):
Angel FM, Nhyira FM, Fox FM, Dess FM, Bekwai, Hello FM, Kessben, Ash FM, Capital Radio, Luv FM, Ultimate FM.

3. Brong Ahafo Region (7):
Space FM, Classic FM, Wenchi Royal, Tain FM, Nananom FM, Adass FM, Winners FM.

4. Northern Region (6):
Diamond FM, North Star, Might FM, Radio Justice, Zaa Radio, Eagle FM.

5. Western Region (5):
Skyy Power FM, Vision FM, Trickie FM, Pure FM, De Beat FM.

6. Eastern region (5):
Obuoba FM, Thank You FM, Rite FM, Bridge FM, EMAK FM.

7. Volta Region (5):
Lorlonyo FM, Kekeli Radio, Jubilee Radio, Beyond FM, Denu FM.

8. Central region (4):
Yes FM, Ahomka FM, Spark FM, Arise FM.
9. Upper East Region (4):
Word FM, Radio A1, Quality FM, Source FM.
10. Upper West Region (4):
Radio Progress, Radford FM, Radio FREED, Radio Von.

Credit: Media Foundation for West Africa
Story by Ghana || Akosua Asiedua Akuffo| [email protected]

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