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Radio in Accra: A confluence of National and Traditional Representations.
Unformatted Document Text:  Radio in Accra 16 into being in every conversation in which private individuals assemble to form a public body (Harbermas, 1989). People behave as a public body when they confer in an unrestricted fashion, in a manner that guarantees freedom of assembly and association and the freedom to express and publish their opinions about matters of social, political or economic concern. Today, newspapers, and magazines, radio and television are the media of the public sphere (Harbermas101-107). The emergence of private electronic media in Ghana through first the establishment of private radio stations and later TV and Internet service providers and the like, entrenched pubic sphere activities in Ghana. Radio stations through their talk shows and call in programs, and the use of popular TV entertainment personalities got people interested in the topics and the programs which emerged. Radio programs gave the Ghanaian citizenry the impetus to engage in social, political, and economic debates formally and informally. The intensity of these activities has led to the emergence of Akan radio programs like “Wo ba ada naa” 8 a program, which discussed female-male relations and sexual issues. Apparently, the political decision to allow private participation in the communications industry strengthened the practices of the public sphere. It legitimized the public sphere activities by allowing the discussion of more sensitive and controversial political and social issues by society without fear of victimization or intimidation by the government. It could be said that the state authority acted somewhat as the executor of the public sphere, because it is through its new policy on communication that the electronic media became active participants in the national debates. Initially the government was uncomfortable with the activities of the electronic media. However, it became obvious that the government of Ghana was prepared to allow the media to do its job as long as it did not contravene the laws of the state. Borrowing from Habermas, we can say that the exercise of political control in Ghana became effectively subordinated to the 8 Literally translated, as “is your child asleep?”

Authors: Boateng, Kwasi.
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Radio in Accra 16
into being in every conversation in which private individuals assemble to form a public body
(Harbermas, 1989). People behave as a public body when they confer in an unrestricted fashion,
in a manner that guarantees freedom of assembly and association and the freedom to express and
publish their opinions about matters of social, political or economic concern. Today, newspapers,
and magazines, radio and television are the media of the public sphere (Harbermas101-107). The
emergence of private electronic media in Ghana through first the establishment of private radio
stations and later TV and Internet service providers and the like, entrenched pubic sphere
activities in Ghana. Radio stations through their talk shows and call in programs, and the use of
popular TV entertainment personalities got people interested in the topics and the programs
which emerged. Radio programs gave the Ghanaian citizenry the impetus to engage in social,
political, and economic debates formally and informally. The intensity of these activities has led
to the emergence of Akan radio programs like “Wo ba ada naa”
8
a program, which discussed
female-male relations and sexual issues.
Apparently, the political decision to allow private participation in the communications
industry strengthened the practices of the public sphere. It legitimized the public sphere activities
by allowing the discussion of more sensitive and controversial political and social issues by
society without fear of victimization or intimidation by the government. It could be said that the
state authority acted somewhat as the executor of the public sphere, because it is through its new
policy on communication that the electronic media became active participants in the national
debates. Initially the government was uncomfortable with the activities of the electronic media.
However, it became obvious that the government of Ghana was prepared to allow the media to
do its job as long as it did not contravene the laws of the state. Borrowing from Habermas, we
can say that the exercise of political control in Ghana became effectively subordinated to the
8
Literally translated, as “is your child asleep?”


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