Court dismisses Anas’ GHS25 million defamation suit against Kennedy Agyapong

Anas and Kennedy Agyapong
Anas and Kennedy Agyapong

The Accra High Court has dismissed the 25 million defamation suit against Kennedy Ohene Agyapong brought by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

The judge, Justice Eric Baah held that Anas Aremeyaw Anas failed to prove that Ken Agyapong defamed him by airing the documentary – “Who watches the watchman” – but rather, the documentary exposed shady deals that Anas and his associates were involved in.

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This was after Anas, in 2018, sued the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for allegedly defaming him. Anas prayed to the court to award GHC25 million against Mr. Agyapong to compensate him for the defamatory material published against him by the MP.

The court concluded that what Anas is engaged in is not investigative journalism but rather investigative terrorism and that Agyapong was justified to call Anas “a blackmailer, corrupt, an extortionist, and evil”.

“I find the claims by the plaintiff [Anas Aremeyaw Anas) meritless and they are hereby dismissed” Justice Baah ruled.

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