The New Patriotic Party (NPP) says it has decided to boycott all political programmes on Okay FM and Neat FM, with immediate effect.
The party says the two stations appear set to destroy the NPP, and so it has asked “party executives, communications officers and members” to desist from speaking or patronizing political programmes of the two stations with immediate effect.
According to the party, programmes on the two stations 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.”
A statement issued by the NPP and signed by its Deputy Director of Communications, Anthony Abayifaa Karbo explained that the programmes 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 NPP said it is “a firm believer and practitioner of multi-party democracy, with freedom of expression as its cornerstone, but it also believes in the exercise of this freedom with responsibility, and in this case, professionalism.”
A source close to the Despite Group of Companies, operators of the two stations told Graphic Online, the NPP’s position has officially been communicated to the management. The group also operates Peace FM.