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Anas Aremeyaw Anas Loses GHS25 Million Defamation Suit to MP Kennedy Agyapong: Court Rules Anas’s Conduct Not Investigative Journalism, but Investigative Terrorism

Anas Aremeyaw Anas Loses GHS25 Million Defamation Suit to MP Kennedy Agyapong: Court Rules Anas's Conduct Not Investigative Journalism, but Investigative Terrorism

Investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas has lost his GHS25 million defamatory suit against Ghanaian MP Kennedy Agyapong. Anas had accused Agyapong of defamation in 2018 after the lawmaker aired a documentary entitled “Who Watches the Watchman,” which exposed alleged corrupt practices by Anas and his colleagues. Anas had sought GHS25 million in damages.

However, on 15 March 2023, the Accra High Court, presided over by Justice Eric Baah, ruled in favour of Agyapong, stating that Anas had failed to prove that the documentary defamed him.

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The court further ruled that Agyapong had provided sufficient evidence to show that Anas had used the findings of his work to solicit money from individuals implicated in his investigations.

The evidence also demonstrated that those who met Anas’s financial demands were exempted from videos that were made public.

The court concluded that Anas’s activities were not investigative journalism but investigative terrorism, and that Agyapong was justified in calling him “a blackmailer, corrupt, an extortionist, and evil.” Justice Baah dismissed Anas’s claims as meritless.

The ruling is a significant blow to Anas, who is known for his undercover investigations and unmasking of corruption in Ghana and other African countries.

Anas has faced criticism in the past for his methods, including the use of disguises and hidden cameras, and for allegedly accepting bribes to drop investigations.

The case has also sparked debate about the role of investigative journalism in Ghana and the balance between exposing corruption and protecting individuals’ rights.

Some have argued that Anas’s methods undermine the rule of law and due process, while others contend that his work is necessary to hold the powerful accountable.

In any case, the ruling is likely to have significant implications for investigative journalism in Ghana and beyond, and could set a precedent for how journalists are held accountable for their actions.

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