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"I wonder why some media stations are not being prosecuted" - Paul Adom speaks about Shatta's remand

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.

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