Owners of Okay FM and Neat FM, Despite Group of Companies have pleaded with New Patriotic Party to revisit their decision of boycotting the party’s political programmes from their stations. The NPP earlier gave some directives to their media personnel to decline the party’s patronage of the two stations Okay FM and Neat FM. The two stations have in the past hosted political programmes of the party with respect to the upcoming elections.
According to an NPP statement on Sunday, the aforementioned stations have constantly reported the party negatively despite their warnings. The statement signed by its Deputy Communications Director, Anthony Abayifaa Karbo ordered its communicators to stop speaking to the stations.
In the statement, the NPP fumed that programs on Okay FM and Neat FM, which are hosted by Kwame Nkrumah Tikesie and Adakabre Frimpong Manso respectively have in recent times developed a format to consistently discuss all matters of the NPP with a negative approach. It added that the programmes always create an atmosphere to ridicule the party’s flagbearer.
The NPP said it has relentlessly tried to make them desist from their unethical practices of journalism through their derogatory representation of the party. The NPP buttressing its strong regards for democracy believe the stations have grossly infringed on their rights. Though the party acknowledged the dividends of democracy which includes freedom of expression, it stressed that the stations ought to practice such with responsibility and professionalism.
However, a recent statement signed by Despite Group of Companies explained that the company stands for neutrality and professionalism despite pressure from the present political heat which has overwhelmed the country. The statement also stressed that the company does not have the intention to under-report any political party as the NPP has presented.
Acknowledging the assertions made on their two presenters Kwame Nkrumah Tikesie and Adakabre Frimpong Manso, Despite Group of Companies assured that their programmes will be in the interest of the general public other than political parties.