Anas Aremeyaw Anas, a leading member of the investigative firm The Tiger Eye P.I, filed a defamation suit against Kennedy Agyapong, a member of parliament in Ghana’s New Patriotic Party, for airing a documentary in 2018 that allegedly defamed Anas.
Anas sought GH¢25 million in compensation from Agyapong for the defamatory material broadcast against him.
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However, the Accra High Court recently dismissed the lawsuit. Justice Eric Baah, the presiding judge, stated that Anas did not provide enough evidence to prove that Agyapong had defamed him by publicly showing the tape. The judge further ruled that the documentary exposed shady deals that Anas and his associates were involved in.
The court concluded that Anas’ actions were not investigative journalism but rather “investigative terrorism” and that Agyapong was justified in calling Anas “a blackmailer, corrupt, an extortionist, and evil.”
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Therefore, the judge found Anas’ claims to be without merit and dismissed the case. Anas’ lawsuit against Agyapong was based on the latter’s public broadcast of the documentary “Who watches the watchman,” which allegedly contained defamatory material about Anas. Despite Anas’ attempts to secure compensation for damages, the court found in favor of Agyapong, citing a lack of evidence and the questionable nature of Anas’ investigative work.