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Criticise us as violently as you can but don’t insult us – Chief Justice to media

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The Chief Justice, Kwasi Anin-Yeboah, has asked media practitioners in the country to be decorous in their commentaries towards the members of the judicial arm of government.

At a press conference on Tuesday, a Supreme Court Judge, Yonny Kulendi who was speaking on behalf of the Chief Justice noted that the arbiter is open for criticism but would not accept insults.

According to him, the judiciary is a human institution, thus, has some imperfections, however, it will be imprudent for media houses to use their medium to channel out abusive words towards adjudicators.

“The Chief Justice says I should tell you that ‘as trustees of the people power of justice, we are willing and happy to be criticised. Criticise us as violently as you can, but for Christ’s sake, don’t insult us. Don’t berate us, don’t speak hatred and malign us.

“Don’t [insult us] because, like yourselves and the work that you do and the heart that you bring to bear on it, it is a similar responsibility and consciousness that judges use to embrace their work,” he told the reporters at a joint Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) and Judicial Service press briefing.

The media briefing comes after lawyers of the Judicial Service of Ghana demanded that all stories deemed “hateful, and incendiary” against Justices of the Supreme Court be pulled down from their online platforms.

But leaders of GJA kicked sternly against the order describing it as a way of gagging the fourth estate.

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