Oman Fm a subsidiary of the Kencity Media has been found as the radio station among 13 others that recorded the highest number of Indecent Expressions according to Media Foundation for West Africa’s (MFWA’s) election 2020 campaign language monitoring project.
The station recorded the highest number (16) of indecent expressions mainly on its National Agenda programme followed by Power FM with 10, Obuoba FM 6, Eagle FM 4, Happy FM 3, Ahotor FM 2, Okay FM 2, Tain FM 2, Top FM 2, Peace FM 1, Accra FM 1, Classic FM 1 and Rainbow 1 totaling 51.
The 16 indecent expressions on Accra-based Oman Fm happened on two programmes of the station, National Agenda (11) and Boiling Point (5).
One significant variable the monitoring sought to find out was the conduct of hosts or moderators and how they handled the respective programmes they moderated, especially when indecent expressions were used.
The monitoring found that whereas some of the moderators were firm in insisting on focusing on issues throughout discussions or interview sessions, others allowed indecent expressions on their platforms without any restraint. In some instances, some of the moderators did not even ask the culprits of indecent expressions to apologise or retract.
Some programme hosts were themselves found to be culprits in the use of abusive expressions. Specifically, Mugabe Maase