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NPP severs ties with “unethical” Okay and Neat FM

Anthony Karbo signed the statement

Ghana’s main opposition party the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has served notice it will not have any dealings with two local radio stations – Okay and Neat FM – belonging to the Despite Group of Companies.

According to the Danquah-Busia-Dombo tradition, the two networks have been biased towards them and believes it will be prudent to stay off their political shows ahead of the 2016 general elections.

“Several letters, phone calls and face to face discussions between us and other management members, the producers and host of the programmes, to desist from this unethical practice of journalism have gone unheeded,” the statement added.

Below is the full press statement from the NPP:

NPP BOYCOTTS OKAY and NEAT FM
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) wishes to inform its members, supporters, and sympathisers that the Party has decided to boycott all political programmes on Okay FM and Neat FM, with immediate effect.

Programs on the two stations which are hosted by Kwame Nkrumah Tikesie and Adakabre Frimpong Manso respectively have in recent months developed a format to consistently discuss all matters of the NPP with a negative slant. These programs have also concentrated on encouraging submissions which denigrate and insult the Party and its Flagbearer.

Several letters, phone calls and face to face discussions between us and other management members, the producers and host of the programmes, to desist from this unethical practice of journalism have gone unheeded.

The mission and vision of the stations currently seem to be to destroy the NPP.

The NPP is a firm believer and practitioner of multi-party democracy, with freedom of expression as its cornerstone, but the Party also believes in the exercise of this freedom with responsibility, and in this case, professionalism.

Party executives, communications officers and members have been advised to desist from speaking or patronizing the stations political programs with immediate effect.

…Signed…

Anthony Abayifaa Karbo
(Deputy Director of Communications)

Source: Ghana/starrfmonline.com/103.5FM

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