Justice has prevailed in the defamation case against Kennedy Ohene Agyapong brought by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
In 2018, Anas filed a 25 million defamation suit against the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for allegedly defaming him by airing the documentary – “Who watches the watchman”. However, the Accra High Court has dismissed the suit, ruling that Anas failed to prove that Agyapong defamed him.
The judge, Justice Eric Baah, went further to state that the documentary exposed shady deals that Anas and his associates were involved in. He also ruled that Agyapong was justified in calling Anas “a blackmailer, corrupt, an extortionist, and evil”.
In dismissing the claims by Anas, Justice Baah held that “what Anas is engaged in is not investigative journalism but rather investigative terrorism.” This ruling is a significant victory for Agyapong and a boost for investigative journalism in Ghana.
We hope that this will serve as a reminder to journalists and media practitioners to uphold the highest standards of professionalism in their work.