Mr Kingsley Owusu-Achau
Mr Kingsley Owusu-Achau

Accra, July 25, GNA ? Mr Kingsley Owusu-Achau, a Real Estate Developer has tasked the media to launch a crusade against the use of offensive language on their platforms.


In an interview with Ghana News Agency, he said the use of foul language especially against public officials is becoming a disturbing trend, and needs to be tackled quickly before it gets out of hand.


Mr Owusu-Achau, Managing Director of Top Kings Estate Limited, said the practice of denigrating politicians and other public officers has gained currency on the platform of the print, electronic and mass media, and has the tendency to dissuade some qualified persons from occupying such positions.


He noted that the trend is gradually shifting the focal aim of the media to inform, educate and entertain.


Mr Owusu-Achau charged media personnel especially radio presenters not to tolerate persons who attack the integrity of public officials.


?You tune into radio stations and you hear people passing unpleasant and insulting comments about politicians and persons who have devoted their time to serve society.


?The act is discouraging many qualified persons from accepting public persons, which will go a long way to affect the developmental agenda of the country. You expose yourself to public ridicule once you accept to serve a public office and that should not be the case.?


Mr Owusu-Achau, who doubles as the bankroller of newly qualified premier division side, Bechem United, also suggested to the National Media Commission to deploy mechanisms towards eliminating the growing canker.


He said one of the best ways to eliminate the negative trend is broadcast delay- the practice of intentionally delaying broadcast of live material to prevent profanity and bloopers, which is common in most developed countries.


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