It seemed all fun for Osu based radio station XFM around the same time millions of Ghanaians were mourning the grounding of the Kantamato Market to a ragging fire as they found it appropriate to arouse the humour in themselves and that of Ghanaians with a photo that wasn’t pleasing to a number of people.
The local radio station posted a photo that suggested his Excellency the President of the Republic was a lover of women with big butts and that his choice for ministerial appointments was influenced by such.
Although it seemed funny to a pocket of commenters on the particular photo who laughed it off, majority saw it as unprofessional, insulting and childish hence slammed the media house for such a post.
It appears XFM cared less about the negative comments made on the photo hence kept it on their page even after 62 hours! This indicates the FM does not care about the response or comments of their fans or are just reluctant to admit to their unfortunate doing.
A fan of XFM who was disappointed in the radio station for the post said he believed the station had misunderstood the meaning of press freedom hence their act of mocking the President.
World Press Freedom Day was celebrated in Ghana last Friday 3rd April to remind governments of their duty to respect and uphold the right to freedom of expression of journalists as enshrined under the Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The day was marked under the theme “Safe to Speak: Securing Freedom of Expression in All Media” in Ghana. While the Information Minister, Mahama Ayariga assured that the government will not fail in its bid to uphold press freedom, the Media Foundation for West Africa who remain intolerant to press freedom offline and online called on journalists and media establishments to be discharge the duties upholding the ethos of the profession and remain professional; attributes many think was deficient when XFM posted the mockery.
The unhappy citizenry who saw the photo posted comments to register their displeasure.
Have a look at the photo XFM posted and leave your comments below
NB: This is not to question or undermine the professionalism of XFM to point out their failure to stick by the ethos of the profession.