Kennedy Agyapong, Member of Parliament for Assin Central, has stated that the defamation judgment he obtained against investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas should not be considered as a success for him.
He calls it a win for professional journalism as well as all those who have been harmed by Anas’ investigative journalism technique.
In a statement, Mr Agyapong stated “It is crucial that while we digest the ruling, we focus on the genuine core and not regard it as a triumph for Ken.
“It is a win for professional journalism as well as people and governments throughout Africa who have been unfairly victimized by this form of investigative journalism.”
The Accra High Court dismissed the GHS25 million defamation claim filed by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas against Kennedy Ohene Agyapong on Wednesday, March 15.
The judge, Justice Eric Baah, ruled that Anas Aremeyaw Anas failed to establish that Ken Agyapong defamed him by screening the documentary “Who watches the watchman,” but rather that the video highlighted dubious activities in which Anas and his colleagues were involved.
This came after Anas sued the New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP in 2018 for allegedly defaming him.
Anas asked the court to grant him GH25 million as compensation for the defamatory material disseminated against him by the MP.
The court determined that Anas is involved in “investigative terrorism” rather than investigative journalism.