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Wontumi, the most abusive person on the airwaves

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The August edition of the Media Foundation for West Africa’s (MFWA) language tracking on radio has pointed out the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Bernard Antwi Boasiako, also called Chairman Wontumi, as the most violent person on the airwaves.

The others were Mr Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, MP for Assin Central and Mugabe Maase, host of Power FM’s Inside National politics.

The NPP and Kumasi-based Wontumi Radio taped the highest occurrences of indecent expressions.

Over the monitoring period (August 1-31), a total of 1,019 radio programs were monitored on 15 selected radio stations throughout the country. The programmes consisted of news bulletins, and also political/current affairs conversations broadcast on the 15 radio stations.

An overall of 99 indecent expressions were recorded by 34 people. The 99 indecent expressions are composed of disparaging and also offensive remarks; unverified allegations; threats; intriguing statements; expressions or comments promoting divisiveness. The 34 individuals that made the indecent expressions featured on the radio programs as hosts, discussants/panellists, interviewees as well as callers.

The NPP recorded 50 indecent expressions, complied with by the NDC with (9 ), the PPP (3) and the GCPP (2 ). GFP and also Liberal Event of Ghana (LPG) taped one indecent expression each.

Twelve out of the 15 radio stations monitored recorded indecent expressions.

Kumasi-based Wontumi Radio recorded (34) indecent expressions on its early morning program.

Accra-based Oman FM recorded (28) indecent expressions on 2 of its major programmes– Boiling Point (24) and National Agenda (4 ).

Kumasi-based Ashh FM recorded (28) indecent expressions throughout three programmes– Boiling Point (24 ), Keynote (3) and also National Agenda (1 ).

Power FM likewise based in Accra, recorded 14 indecent expressions– all on its mid-day political show dubbed, Inside Politics.

The Elections Campaign language checking project looks for to promote issues-based campaigning and also use suitable language/expression before, during and after Ghana’s 2020 general elections. The project is additionally being executed in Cote d’Ivoire and Niger with funding from OSIWA.

Source: Ghana Waves

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