The up-to-date report from the Media Foundation for West Africa’s checking of ethical violations in the Ghanaian media shows that happenings of ethical violations have decreased by 75% after 6 months of monitoring.
Ethical violations in Ghanaian media down by 75%
When the monitoring took place in May 2014, around 141 ethical violations were recorded. However, only 36 ethical violations were recorded in October 2014.
The report also says that news websites evenly recorded the highest number of ethical violations whereas newspapers recorded the lowest.
Unusually, nine of the 40 media outlets monitored over the 6-month period did not register any ethical violation. Two (2) of these media outlets are newspapers (New Crusading Guide and Public Agenda) and the remaining seven (7) are radio stations – ATL FM, Radio Gurune, Radio Peace, Radio Progress, Radio Savanna; Rite FM, and Suncity FM.
The MFWA’s monitoring and reporting of ethical violations in the Ghanaian media forms part of the STAR-Ghana-funded project “Promoting Professional Standards and Enhancing the Watchdog Role of the Ghanaian Media.”
The project is targeted at funding to develop the professional standards of the media in Ghana and supporting them to play a more effective role in fostering transparent and accountable governance through serious and investigative stories.
As part of the project, 40 media outlets (made up of 25 radio stations, 10 newspapers and five news websites) selected across the country were monitored on a daily basis to track and report on ethical violations.
The six-month monitoring exercise came to an end on October 31, 2014.
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