Indecent language prevalent in the Ghanaian media – report

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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 Ghanaweb.com 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.


Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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