The Wednesday March 15, 2023, ruling by an Accra High Court dismissing a defamation suit against Assin Central lawmaker, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, has been described by TigerEyePi as “travesty of justice.”
The ruling which went against the Private Investigation firm’s boss, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, said the defamation made against the journalist were substantiated by the counter documentary “Who watches the Watchman” after the “Number 12” investigative piece was produced by the media organisation.
The media firm after the ruling said they are disappointed in the court ruling that went against their boss.
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The judge, Justice Eric Baah, held that Anas Aremeyaw Anas failed to prove that Ken Agyapong defamed him – but rather, the counter documentary exposed shady deals that Anas and his associates were involved in.
Anas prayed to the court to award GH¢25 million against Mr Agyapong to compensate him for the defamatory material published against him by the MP.
The court concluded that what Anas is engaged in is not investigative journalism but rather “investigative terrorism” and that Mr. Agyapong was justified to call Anas “a blackmailer, corrupt, an extortionist, and evil.”
“I find the claims by the plaintiff [Anas Aremeyaw Anas) meritless and they are hereby dismissed,” Justice Baah ruled.
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In reaction to the verdict, TigerEyePi said in a statement that “we find the decision of the court an unfortunate travesty of justice and very inimical to the administration of justice and fairness. If for nothing at all, Mr. Agyapong made an allegation of murder against Mr. Anas.”
According to TigerEye, their utmost disappointment in the ruling is the court’s silence on the commission of murder that Mr Agyapong’s documentary alluded against their boss.
“There is absolutely nothing contained in the said documentary which alludes to the commission of murder or an allegation of the commission of murder by Mr. Anas. Thus, that documentary cannot provide any justification for an allegation of murder in the wildest imagination. Yet the judge conveniently ignored this obvious fact and the fact that Mr. Anas is not a suspect for murder and is not under investigation for murder,” the statement contained.
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By Felix Anim-Appau|Onuaonline.com