Nature of Ghana’s politics cause of foul language in media – MFWA

The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has blamed the nature of Ghana’s politics for the upsurge in foul language on media platforms...

Sulemana BraimanThe Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has blamed the nature of Ghana’s politics for the upsurge in foul language on media platforms.

Executive Director of MFWA, Sulemana Braiman, says a political system where politicians reward individuals for being “acidic” towards political opponents would not promise anything worthwhile.

“We are in a political system where people want to do something for those in power to see them and for opposition parties to see them as forces to be reckoned with,” he explained.

The MFWA boss disclosed this to Nana Ansah Kwao IV, host of MultiTV’s news analysis programme, PM Express when reacting to a contempt case before the Supreme Court (SC).

Ghana’s superior court sat on a case in which two radio panelists and a presenter of Accra-based Montie FM are being charged with contempt over violent comments.

The two, Alistair Nelson and Godwin Ako Gunn on a Montie FM current affairs programme host by Salifu Maase popularly known as Mugabe threatened to murder justices of SC if the court’s ruling in a case brought by a former National Youth Organiser of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Abu Ramadan and Evans Nimako over the credibility of Ghana’s electoral roll does not go in favor of the Electoral Commission (EC).

They added that if the ruling of the court plunges the country into chaos, having knowledge about the direction of the residence of some of the judges, they will make sure they die first. The comments were made on the eve of the court’s ruling.
Many people have described the comments as unfortunate considering it was made on the day the nation was marking the 34th Anniversary when three justices of the High Court were abducted and murdered by some operatives of the erstwhile Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) led by former President Jerry John Rawlings.

Even though the nation’s Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) has said the two lack the capacity to commit the murder they said on air, media experts have called on the court to sanction the them including the host of the show to serve as a deterrent to others especially as the nation heads to the November 2016 polls.
Hearing the case, two of the judges who were particularly singled out by the two panelists, Chief Justice Georgina Wood and Justice Nasiru Suleimana Gbadegba recused themselves.
They were replaced by Justice Sophia Akuffo and Justice Julius Ansah.

In what many are not satisfied with, the court adjourned the case to July 18 and ordered all the directors of Montie FM to be paraded before it.

No amount of explanation from the lawyer representing the radio station could convince the court to change its mind on summoning the directors of the FM station.
The two panelists and the host will equally have their fate determined on Monday, July 18.
MFWA believes the nation would not have reached this point if its political players put in the interest of the nation ahead of their individual gains.

“Politics in Ghana has become an enterprise for self-empowerment rather an agenda for national development,” he said, noting “people go into politics because it is the easiest form of amassing wealth.”
He, however, pleaded with the court to “find something within their heart to forgive them.”
This, he believes is because of measures that have been taken so far by the radio station in the aftermath of the incident such as banning the two panelists from its platform and plans to punish the presenter.

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