PM Express: NCA’s lack of transparency cause of foul language in media - Kakari

PM Express: NCA’s lack of transparency cause of foul language in media - Kakari
Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | Austin Brakopowers | Email: Austin.powers@myjoyonline.com
Date: 07-07-2016 Time: 01:07:32:am

A Communication lecturer at the School of Communication, University of Ghana has blamed the National Communication Authority (NCA) for the recent spate of foul language on media platforms in the country.

Professor Kwame Kakari says the lack of transparency in the operations of the NCA accounts for the uncouth comments in the media.

“The NCA’s provision of radio frequencies in the country is not transparent creating more problems for us,” he said.

The former Executive Director of the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) made these comments on Joynews/MultiTV’s news analysis programme, PM Express on Wednesday, in reaction to the recent threats issued to some Supreme Court judges by two panelists on an Accra-based radio station, Muntie FM.

Two panelists, Alistair Tairo Nelson and Godwin Ako Gunn threatened to kill some Supreme Court judges over a case brought befiore them concerning the voters register.

Alistair Tairo Nelson is reported to have said he knows the house of some of the judges and that if they fail to do what he wants, he will take their lives.

The Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) isssued a statement a day after the damning comments were made that the duo walked into its offices and turned themselves in to assist in investigations.

The station manager of the station was subsequently invited by the BNI. The three have been cited for contempt of court and summoned to explain their threat and the circumstances that necessitated it.

In a surprising u-turn the management of the station issued a letter dissociating itself from the comments of the two men promising to prevent similar incidences in the future.

The cake of blame has been shared between the panelists and the host of the programme, but the communication expert believes it could be expanded.

Professor Kakari says the situation has come about because the NCA has failed to make public personalities behind most of the radio stations in Ghana.

“We must know that in Ghana today there are two kinds of media and therefore two kinds of media owners,” he said.

Drawing the differences, he said: “There are people who set up radio stations to produce news, basically to produce news and there is also another set of owners who set up radio stations for the sole purpose of political propaganda.”

He asserted the problem is those who establish radio stations for the sole purpose of spreading propaganda.

He encouraged the NCA to aspire to be transparent in how it gives frequencies to persons interested in establishing a rado.

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