Lawyers for the Ghana Judicial Service says it is “unacceptable” for media houses to “publish on your platforms, speeches and statements and publications which excite anger, hate and passion against the Justices presiding over the election petition”
In a statement addressed to all media houses in the country, such “statements and speeches interfere with the due administration of justice as Justices of our client are threatened with ominous consequences following their decisions which do not meet the expectations of some
members of the society”.
“This concern has been heightened by the flurry of statements and speeches directed at our client’s Justices, especially after the commencement of the hearing of the election petition in the suit intituled John Dramani Mahama v Electoral Commission & Nana Addo,” the statement read
The legal counsel is therefore demanding that the media houses involved “pull or cause to be pulled down and cleared from your platforms, all statements and speeches which convey and/or insinuate hateful, spiteful, vengeful and incendiary communication against Justices of our client especially those hearing the election petition”.
Failure to do this, action will be taken against them “to ensure that you do not abuse the right to free speech by deploying and/or permitting your platform to be deployed in a manner that not only threatens our constitutional order and democracy but obviously, adversely interferes with the due administration of justice and also, brings it, into disrepute”.
The statement, however, stopped short of mentioning the media houses involved.