Paul Adom Otchere has, this night, expressed his wonder on why some media houses are not being made to face the law on Shatta Wale's case. The dance hall artiste was remanded in the police custody earlier today by the Accra Circuit Court following his false alarm of being shot by unknown men.
When the news broke out, several social media outlets and mainstream media picked it up and published it irrespective of its truthfulness or otherwise. According to the analysis made by Paul Adom Otchere on Good Evening Ghana this night, under section 208 of the Criminal and Offenses Act 1960, Act 29, in the publication of false news, "(2) It is not a defense to a charge under subsection (1) that the person charged did not know or did not have the reason to believe that the statement, rumour or report was false, unless it is proved that, prior to the publication, that person took reasonable measures to verify the accuracy of the statement rumour or report." In the above subsection, according to Paul, some of the media houses that reported Shatta's shooting incident should be dealt with by the law, because they failed to verify, with all reasonable information, whether the incident was true or not. "If this is what the law is saying, then some media houses should be taken on. If Shatta has been remanded then I wonder why some media houses are not being prosecuted", Paul remarked.
Content created and supplied by: SamAG (via Opera News )
Opera News is a free to use platform and the views and opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not represent, reflect or express the views of Opera News. Any/all written content and images displayed are provided by the blogger/author, appear herein as submitted by the blogger/author and are unedited by Opera News. Opera News does not consent to nor does it condone the posting of any content that violates the rights (including the copyrights) of any third party, nor content that may malign, inter alia, any religion, ethnic group, organization, gender, company, or individual. Opera News furthermore does not condone the use of our platform for the purposes encouraging/endorsing hate speech, violation of human rights and/or utterances of a defamatory nature. If the content contained herein violates any of your rights, including those of copyright, and/or violates any the above mentioned factors, you are requested to immediately notify us using via the following email address operanews-external(at)opera.com and/or report the article using the available reporting functionality built into our Platform See More