Ghanaian investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, has been advised by a lawyer to appeal the recent defamation suit loss if he really wants to maintain his hard-earned reputation and integrity.
Anas Aremeyaw Anas is a renowned investigative journalist in Ghana, famous for his undercover work and exposing corruption in various sectors. His work has earned him both accolades and criticism, but he remains undaunted in his quest for the truth.
Per our findings, Ghanaian lawyer and author, Lawyer Tachie Antiedu has expressed concern that the recent judgment delivered by an Accra High Court in the defamation suit against Kennedy Agyapong by Anas Aremeyaw Anas could negatively impact Anas’ work if he fails to appeal the decision. Lawyer Tachie Antiedu.
Lawyer Tachie Antiedu stated that while the judgment was sound, some of the direct statements made in it about Anas’ activities were troubling.
Moreover, the lawyer emphasized that although the case was about defamation, the court appeared to have dealt with the legality and authenticity of Anas’ work. The court found that Kennedy Agyapong did not defame Anas by airing the documentary “Who Watches the Watchman.” The court also determined that Anas used the findings of his work to solicit money from implicated individuals and engaged in investigative terrorism instead of investigative journalism.
The defamation suit against him stemmed from an exposé on corruption in Ghanaian football, which led to the resignation of Kwesi Nyantakyi from his position as GFA president five years ago (in 2018).
Tachie Antiedu added that by appealing, Anas would not only be fighting for his rights but also upholding the principles of press freedom and the public’s right to know.
Per our records, Anas has not commented on the ruling or whether he intends to appeal. However, his supporters believe that he will continue to uphold his values and fight for the truth.