The Executive Director of the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) says the Supreme Court’s summon of Accra-based Montie FM, host and panelists over alleged murder threats on judges was an avoidable.
Sulemana Braimah said if management of the station had heeded MFWA’s repeated warning of abusive language on its airwaves, the brash with SC would not have come about.
“Recently, when MFWA rated Montie FM as the highest station with indecent expressions after a media watchdog with 16 incidents of abusive language, some officials of the National Democratic Congress confronted us for rating Montie as the station with highest abusive language. If they had listened to our warning and management had taken drastic measures to deal with such presenters I’m not sure they will end up here” Sulemana Braimah said.
MFWA boss was speaking to Afia Pokua, host of Adom FM’s current affairs programme, Burning Issues on Monday over the recent murder of some SC and High Court judges comment made on Montie FM.
Management of Montie FM, host, Salifu Maase popularly known as Mugabe and two panelists, are due to face Supreme Court judges over an alleged comment.
The panelists, Alistair Nelson, and Godwin Ako Gunn are alleged to have threatened to murder SC and High Court judges if the SC's ruling regarding the deletion of National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) registrants, does not favor them.
They are alleged to have stated they know where some of the SC judges reside. A comment that was made on the eve the nation was marking the 34th Anniversary of the murdered three High Court judges.
Many people have prayed the court to visit severe punishment on the two especially as the November elections draw near.
One of the panelists, Alistair Nelson has shown remorse for his comment pleading to be forgiven, however, Ako Gunn said he made no scandalous comment against the judges.
His lawyer, Chris Ackomey, says the information he gathered from his client and other sources confirms Ako Gunn was not present on the show as claimed.
He challenged report of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) that says the two admitted to having made that comment.
Mr Braimah believes the nation would not have reached this end of the road if the National Media Commission (NMC) and the National Communication Authority (NCA), the media regulating bodies, had played their supervisory roles effectively.
He challenged the two bodies to live up to their establishing documents and ensure sanity is brought to bear on media practice in the country.