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ABU RAMADAN AND EVANS NIMAKO V. ELECTORAL COMMISSION AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL IN RE: 1. THE OWNER OF THE STATION – MONTIE FM 2. SALIFU MAASE @ MUGABE 3. ALISTAIR NELSON 4. GODWIN AKO GUNN

(2016) JELR 67856 (SC)

Supreme Court  •  CIVIL APPEAL NO. J8/108/2016  •  27 Jul 2016  •  Ghana

Coram
AKUFFO JSC [PRESIDING], ANSAH JSC, YEBOAH JSC, BENIN JSC, PWAMANG JSC

Judgement

JUDGEMENT

On 18th July, 2016, the court convicted the contemnors herein for contempt of court on their own pleas and adjourned to today for sentencing. As we have decided to invoke our undoubted powers to punish the contemnors for their contempt, we deem it necessary to explain the reasons for our decision. That will clarify for the contemnors, and in fact the general public and media owners and practitioners in particular, why they are being punished, in the hope and expectation that valuable lessons will be learnt by all, and this nation will be spared the recurrence of such reprehensible behavior, which bodes no one well.

We are very mindful of the valuable role that the media, as the fourth estate of good governance, has to play in affording the citizenry and the state valuable information and fostering national discourse. However, to whom much has been given much is also expected and the constitutional freedoms and protections guaranteed to the media in Ghana are intended to be exe…

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