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Saturday, 4 October 2014

Indecent language prevalent in the Ghanaian media - report

The latest media ethics monitoring report by the Media Foundation for
West Africa (MFWA) shows that indecency in language is the most
prevalent ethical violation among the Ghanaian media.

The report reveals that out of a total of 508 ethical violations
recorded from May to August 2014, violations against the principle of
decency recorded as much as 201, representing 40 per cent of all the
ethical violations recorded so far.

The report further shows that news websites committed the most ethical
violations with being the worst culprit, a statement
issued by MFWA and Copied to the GNA said on Friday.

"Comparatively, the incidences of ethical violations in the 40
Ghanaian media that are being monitored have slighly reduced from 152
in July to 135 in August. Adom FM has over the last four months seen a
consistent reduction in ethical violations"

Another notable finding from the report is the fact that the Today
newspaper, which had recorded the highest number of ethical
infractions in the months of June and July, did not register any
ethical violation in August, the statement noted.

"Of significant mention are the following radio stations and
newspapers which have not recorded any ethical violation so far: ATL
FM, New Crusading Guide, Peace FM, Public Agenda, Radio Gurune, and
Radio Peace. The others are: Radio Progress, Radio Savanna, Rite FM,
ROK FM, and Suncity FM.

The monitoring of ethical violations in the Ghanaian media forms part
of the MFWA's project, "Promoting Professional Standards and Enhancing
the Watchdog Role of the Ghanaian Media," with funding from

The aim of the project is to contribute to improved professional
standards in the Ghanaian media and support them to play a more
effective role in fostering transparent and accountable governance in
Ghana through critical and investigative reporting.


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