An action brought by renowned investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas against Kennedy Agyapong, MP for Assin Central in the Central Region, was dismissed by the High Court in Accra.
In 2018, Anas accused Ken Agyapong for GHc25,000,000 for defaming him, but the court ruled on Wednesday, March 15, that the case is without substance.
Anas Aremeyaw Anas failed to demonstrate that Kennedy Agyapong defamed him by broadcasting the documentary “Who watches the watchman,” according to Justice Eric Baah’s decision.
The court further determined that Agyapong’s evidence was adequate to establish that the plaintiff had solicited funds from those involved in the evidence he had collected by using the results of his investigation.
The court ruled that the evidence also showed that those who could afford to pay the amounts requested by Anas and his friends were kept out of the public-viewing recordings.
According to the judge, Anas participated in investigative terrorism rather than investigative journalism.
“I find the claims by the plaintiff [Anas Aremeyaw Anas] meritless, and they are hereby dismissed,” Justice Baah ruled.
The video in question is from a live Twi broadcast on Adom TV on May 29, 2018, during which Mr. Agyapong unequivocally declared that Anas was a blackmailer, crooked official, extortionist, and evil person.
The defendant, in a similar fashion, released defamatory words on May 31, 2018, via Oman FM, a defendant-owned private radio station, the statement of claim claims.
Additionally, according to the statement of claim, the defendant released more false information about the plaintiff on other platforms, even going so far as to release images that were allegedly taken by the undercover journalist in an effort to break their cover.