Investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, has described as travesty of justice, the decision by an Accra High Court that he was not defamed by Assin Central MP Kennedy Agyapong in a GHS25 million law suit.
Anas in 2018 dragged the lawmaker to court for alleged defamation after the MP had publicly telecast a documentary titled “Who Watches the Watchman” to unveil alleged shady deals involving the journalist and his work.
The court in its ruling today, Wednesday, 15 March 2023, held that Mr Agyapong provided sufficient evidence to prove that the plaintiff used the findings of his work to solicit money from persons implicated in the evidence gathered by him.
The judge went on to say 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”.
Reacting to the ruling, Anas in a statement said if for nothing at all, Mr Agyepong accused him of murder but there was nothing contained in the said documentary which alludes to the commision of murder.
He alleged the judge took over the case at the express instance of Mr Agyepong.
Read details of his response below: