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Stop Inciting ‘Hate’ Against Justices – Judicial Service Warns Media

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The Judicial Service has cautioned media houses to refrain from publishing statements that incite “anger, hate and passion” against the justices presiding over the election petition case.

“We have been instructed by our client to communicate to you, and we hereby do, its concern regarding the lack of discretion and responsibility on the part of some media houses in Ghana”, the notice said, adding: “Our client’s concern arises from the publication and/or permitting the publication of a series of incendiary, hateful and offensive statements, and speeches on their various platforms against our client’s Justices”.

“This concern has been heightened by the flurry of statements and speeches directed at our client’s Justices, especially after the commencement of hearing of the election petition in the suit intituled John Dramani Mahama v. Electoral Commission & Nana Addo, numbered writ no J1/15/2021”, it said. 

Read the Judicial Service’s full warning to the media:

25TH FEBRUARY 2021.

TO ALL MEDIA HOUSES,

GHANA. 

RE: INCENDIARY, HATEFUL AND OFFENSIVE STATEMENTS AGAINST MEMBERS OF THE JUDICIARY.

    1.        We write as solicitors for and on behalf of the Judicial Service of Ghana (simply referred to hereafter as “our client”) and upon whose instructions we write you this letter. 

    2.        We have been instructed by our client to communicate to you, and we hereby do, its concern regarding the lack of discretion and responsibility on the part of some Media Houses in Ghana. 

    3.        Our client’s concern arises from the publication and/or permitting the publication of a series of incendiary, hateful and offensive statements, and speeches on their various platforms against our client’s Justices.

    4.        This concern has been heightened by the flurry of statements and speeches directed at our client’s Justices, especially after the commencement of the hearing of the election petition in the suit intituled John Dramani Mahama v. Electoral Commission & Nana Addo, numbered writ no J1/15/2021. 

    5.        The fact that these statements and speeches directly mention some of the Justices hearing the petition apart, a number of your publications directly insinuate that the decisions of the Justices presiding over the matter are motivated by factors outside legal principles and proper judicial consideration. 

    6.        The focus of the statements and speeches therefore patently insinuate that the decisions are motivated by matters unrelated to the rules and principles in accordance with which justice is delivered but are motivated by corrupt factors and devoid of any legal justification and/or reasoning. 

  7.        The point above made is vindicated by a very cursory reading of a number of the statements and speeches published on some of your platforms on the decisions of the Court with regards to the election petition most of which reveal without a shadow of doubt that there is no attempt whatsoever to objectively analyse and discuss the Court’s decisions. 

    8.        Our client has instructed  us to inform you  and we hereby do, that publications of the kind published on your platform are dangerous to the Ghanaian society  and our democracy as a whole not only because they obviously sow in the minds of the unsuspecting members of the public, false notions that the justice system is a sham and should not be trusted, but actually provides a foundation for lawlessness, as it clearly suggests to Ghanaians that they should no longer have confidence in the judicial system, with the following implications being obvious from such statements and speeches; 

i.         The statements or speeches threaten our constitutional order and democracy as an important arm of government is being vilified and disparaged with impunity. 

ii.          The statements and speeches interfere with the due   administration of justice as Justices of our client are threatened with ominous consequences following their decisions which do not meet the expectations of some members of the society. 

iii.        The statements and speeches bring the administration of justice into disrepute as unsuspecting Ghanaians are being deliberately misinformed and manipulated to believe that the justice system is perverted and lacking in credibility. 

    9.        Having said that, we have been instructed by our client to make it clear to you that whilst our client acknowledges that a large membership of the public are interested in the proceedings for which reason they are constantly following same and are permitted to express their views on the proceedings, it is unacceptable to publish on your platforms, speeches and statements and publications which excite anger, hate and passion against the Justices presiding over the election petition whose only involvement in the matter arises from their obligation to perform their constitutional duty of determining the dispute between the parties which must necessarily go one way or the other. 

10.        Our client accordingly acknowledges the fact that in the delivery of justice, persons interested in the proceedings in one way or the other and who do not find the decisions of the courts favourable, are usually unhappy but hastens to add that in a civilised society such as ours, which is regulated by law, the expression of dissatisfaction with decisions of the courts must be dealt with in accordance with the same rules which accord persons the right to access the courts and no more. 

11.        It must be added immediately that the right to free speech and discussion of judicial proceedings, decisions of the courts and the administration of justice is only legally permissible provided the criticism does not interfere with the due administration of justice especially whereas in this case it is intended to strike fear in the Justices whose constitutional mandate is to determine the petition and/or bring the administration of justice into disrepute and also threatens our constitutional democracy.

12.        Our client’s concerns above stated is justified when account is taken of the fact that Ghana’s history has singularly and despicably recorded the inhumane abduction and callous murder of Justices of the Superior Courts of the Judicial Service for which reason all and any acts and omissions which threaten officials of our client must be treated with the highest level of seriousness and dealt with according to law which undeniably forbids such threats to the person and property of Justices of our client and also ensuring that the dignity and respect in which our client’s Justices duties are constitutionally encapsulated, is not undermined. 

13.        We have particularly taken note of the fact that Justices of our client have in the discharge of their constitutional duties, affirmed, and enforced the right to free speech and by reason thereof, accommodated a reasonably wide latitude in so far as criticisms of the administration of justice is concerned the reason for which all judicial proceedings including the election petition, are conducted in public, thereby providing a platform for free public debate on the proceedings. 

14.        In the light of the foregoing, we have our client’s instructions to demand, and we hereby so do that, as most responsible media institutions now do regarding incendiary and spiteful publications, you immediately. 

i.            pull or cause to be pulled down and cleared from your platforms, all statements and speeches which convey and/or insinuate hateful, spiteful, vengeful and incendiary communication against Justices of our client especially those hearing the election petition.

ii.          prevent the publication of such statements and speeches on your platforms, and 

iii.        forthwith exercise the highest level of discernment, discretion and responsibility in so far as publication of statements and speeches regarding the administration of justice is concerned. 

15.        Our client’s demand above communicated to you is made against the backdrop of the law which advises that where the population consists largely of uneducated or not very well-informed people, it is necessary to take a stricter view of what criticism may be allowed of the justice system, the  reason being that although the administration of justice must suffer the respectful though outspoken [not inciteful, hateful or spiteful] comments of ordinary men, it must not be adversely interfered with and/or brought into dispute. 

16.        We must notify you, and we hereby do, that should you fail to heed our client’s demand as specified in paragraph 14 above, we have our client’s instructions to take appropriate action to ensure that you do not abuse the right to free speech by deploying and/or permitting your platform to be deployed in a manner that not only threatens our constitutional order and democracy, but obviously, adversely interferes with the due administration of justice and also, brings it, into disrepute. 

17.        Please be advised. 

Yours Sincerely

…………………..

[email protected] 

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1.   Multimedia Group Limited,

No.1 Farrar Avenue,

Adabraka

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2.   Despite media Group,

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Accra.

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The 5 Major Events That Have Made Akufo-Addo’s Gov’t Unpopular In Its Second Term

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The second term of President Akufo-Addo has witnessed several protests from citizens who are not satisfied with how the affairs of the state are being handled.

Candidate Akufo-Addo had promised to among other things fight corruption, galamsey when given the nod but some say he is doing otherwise

The latest protest against the government that has gained momentum is the #FixTheCountry campaign, a move to get the government to deliver on its promise

After months of campaigning amid COVID-19, Ghanaian voters gave President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo a second term in office in December 2020 but nearly 130 days into the four-year tenure, the government has been plagued with what has been described as ‘abject hardships.’

Like the Israelites who cried to Moses that it would have been better to perish in Pharaoh’s Egypt than to die in the wilderness, it has gotten to a point where ‘the high cost of living’ has driven large sections of Ghanaians to regret their decision of maintaining the government in office.

It has been said by critical citizens that the New Patriotic Party, NPP government has been characterized by broken promises, gross conflicts of interest, economic hardships, non-accountability, among other un-democratic norms.

These events have somewhat triggered the measure and comparison of progress between the then John Dramani Mahama-led administration and the current Akufo-Addo government.

With that being said, GhanaWeb has compiled a list of the top incidents that have made Akufo-Addo government unpopular in its second term.

Dumsor

It seems consumers of electricity across the country who have been grappling with prolonged and intensified power outages over the past few months have become fed up.

Although the incessant ‘dumsor’ challenges have been attributed to transmission and distribution challenges, the government has been accused of deliberately destroying the legacy of former President John Dramani Mahama whom according to some Ghanaians left behind a stable energy sector.

It has gotten to a point where the Electricity Company of Ghana has published a load management timetable to manage what has been termed a ‘temporary load shedding’, an explanation many find unconvincing.

Culture of silence

After Sam Jonah’s speech which triggered a national debate on the culture of silence in the coutry, a wide section of Ghanaians including the opposition National Democratic Congress, NDC and others have decried what they term as the return of a ‘culture of silence’ under President Nana Akufo-Addo.

They have described as astonishing how a large number of individuals and civil society organizations that used to speak up against social ills have all gone mute under President Nana Akufo-Addo despite the rising cases of corruption, killing and torturing of journalists, and worsening economic downturn in the Ghanaian society.

According to them, the attacks directed at people who share views that do not favour the sitting government have necessitated ‘the silence’ in recent times.

Auditor General’s retirement

President Akufo-Addo have been accused of forcibly retiring former Auditor-General, Daniel Domelovo, to cover up certain corrupt deals.

Domelovo was retired by President Akufo-Addo almost two years after an Auditor General’s findings in 2019 accused the government of paying a private firm, Kroll and Associates US$1 million for no work done.

Domelevo during his tenure indicted the Ministry of Finance and the Senior Minister, Mr. Yaw Osafo-Maafo accusing them of contracting Kroll Associates in 2017 to recover assets from identified wrongdoers; investigate allegations of wrongdoing among others. They are said to have paid the company an amount of US$1 million (equivalent of GH¢4,890,000), yet there was no evidence of work done.

Following what has been termed by many as a ‘premature retirement’, some section of Ghanaians believe that government deliberately pursued Domelovo and ousted him from office after he exposed corrupt deeds in government.

FixtTheCountry protest

The #FixTheCountry campaign which started on social media commenced abruptly against economic hardships in Ghana.

With the main aim of holding politicians to account, angry young citizens who are of the view that the change they voted for has not materialized, took to social media to vent their spleen on the Akufo-Addo led government.

Protesters nationwide cited inconsistent power supply, lack of water in some parts of Ghana and the damage to our water bodies because of galamsey activities, economic hardship and other good governance and accountability demands as the drive of their campaign.

Galamsey

The small-scale illegal mining practice that has left the country’s land and water resources destroyed, has been of great concern to Ghanaians in recent times.

With many accusing government of doing little to resolve the situation, others believe that the future of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government will heavily depend on their success with the current fight against galamsey.

It can be recalled that some ‘big men’ from the ruling New Patriotic were indicted in the ‘galamsey’ business which is allegedly destroying the natural environment all in the name of finding gold.

This was displayed in a viral video days after some 500 excavators seized by the Operation Vanguard team were reported missing.

It is in this light that Ghanaians have mounted pressure on government to find all means possible to combat ‘galamsey’ which has intensified in recent times.

Source: GhanaWeb

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We Will Not Allow Any Religious Group To Plunge Ghana Into Chaos – Muntaka Slams Christian Council

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The Minority Chief Whip and Leader of the Muslim Caucus in Parliament has cautioned that they will not watch on for any religious group to plunge the country into chaos.

Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak on JoyNews’ PM Express on Monday expressed his frustration that the Christian Council and the Catholic Bishops Conference had thrown their support behind the Methodist Church and Wesley Girls’ SHS decision not to allow Muslim students in the school to observe the Islamic ritual of fasting.

The Asawase MP said, the act has exacerbated the situation.

“We won’t allow any Imam or any pastor to lead this country into chaos. This is a country for you and me. We must speak out. We won’t allow any disintegration, whether coming from the Christian, Muslim or Buddhist communities.

“We are one unit within a unitary state. We all subscribe to live by the Constitution of Ghana so we must respect it. Let us try to dialogue and cool the temperature in our country,” he stated.

The Muslim Caucus in Parliament has been engaging in a series of dialogue with the Methodist Church and the Ministry of Education to resolve the matter.

Meanwhile, a Ghanaian US-based Attorney and an Old Student of Wesley Girls’ SHS, Samira Sulemana has revealed that not only is her former school barring Muslim students from fasting, she alleges that the school does not allow them to observe their five daily prayers-Fajr (sunrise prayer), Dhuhr (noon prayer), Asr (afternoon prayer), Maghrib (sunset prayer), and Isha (night prayer).

“The issue these girls are facing goes beyond just the fasting. I am surprised that all that is being talked about is the fasting. They [Muslims] are not allowed to pray, they are not being allowed to even talk to each other as Muslims.

“And so the concentration on only fasting kind of baffles me. Wesley Girls’ has never given due recognition to Muslim students,” she stated.

But in a spirited defense, immediate past National Vice President of the Old Girls Association of the School, Harriet Wereko-Brobby says her Association is troubled that the School’s name is being dirtied over its decision.

She maintained that the decision of the School not to allow fasting is not a religious decision but one borne out of previous experiences regarding students suffering health conditions after doing so.

Source: MyJoyOnline

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Put Aside Partisan Politics And Demolish All Illegal Structures Along Railway Projects – Otumfuor Charges KMA

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The Asantehene, Otumfuor Osei Tutu II has charged the mayor of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly to move ahead with the assembly’s planned demolition of all unauthorized structures along railway projects.

The Asantehene added that no compensation will be paid to any individual whose unauthorized structure will be demolished.

Otumfuor Osei Tutu II, though giving his full support for the construction of the standard gauge railway line, also chastized the railway workers for failing to protect the project from squatters and unauthorized traders.

The Asantehene warned the KMA against partisan political considerations and called on the sector minister, Mr. John Peter Amewu to partner the Assembly and ensure the successful implementation of the demolition exercise.

Source: GhanaFeed.Com

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