As part of its role to monitor and ensure a successful and credible coverage of the 2020 elections, the National Media Commission of Ghana (NMC) is set to embark on a campaign which would prioritise the use of civil language on our various media platforms.
The exercise, which would help sanitise the language used on both radio and television by politicians, studio guests and even program hosts, would commence with a working visit to various media houses, starting on Monday November 23rd, 2020.
The NMC’s visit is intended to interact with managements of the various media organisations and to educate their targeted audience on how to ensure the use of deferential language on their platforms.
The Chairman of the National Media Commission (NMC), Mr Yaw Boadu Ayeboafo, called on Ghanaians to be mindful of the choice of words used in their daily interactions on radio and other media platforms, by urging all to be decorous and sanitise their language to ensure peace and harmony in the country, especially after the elections.
He advised Ghanaians, especially studio guests, political and social commentators, to consider every opportunity given them to comment or contribute on national issues as a privilege, hence must be put in to something useful and not trade it on insults and abuse each other.
Mr. Ayeboafo, hinted participants on the upcoming advocacy exercise, during a dialogue session with National Media Commission and Religious bodies, Organised by the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs (MoPA).
The Ministry’s interaction with NMC and religious leaders, was under the theme “Towards Democratic Elections in December 2020: The Perspective of the National Media Commission and Religious Leaders”
The NMC chairman also indicated that the philosophy of the NMC is not an institution that was intended to punish people, but to facilitate freedom of expression.
He urged all religious groups to take a keen interest in the activities and development of the NMC as well as its mandates.
The NMC also used the platform to launch an official mobile App called “Ghana Election Watch” which would monitor the media and incidents in the 2020 election and to help flash out fake news.