Kwesi Pratt Jnr, Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper has rubbished apparent threat by Judicial Service of Ghana to the press and the public over their views on their rulings and proceedings.
The visibly angry veteran journalist made these remarks on popular political show “Alhaji and Alhaji” on PanAfrican TV on Saturday morning, insisting that the ruling of judges are not sacrosanct and can be presented for review.
“Court of Justice is just as powerful as the powers given them by the 1992 Constitution of Ghana and when they rule not even the Supreme Court could overturn it.
“Judges should be reminded that citizens of this good country, at a point in the country’s political history fought with their blood for the fundamental human rights of this country. So, they cannot overly exert their powers to gag citizens from freely expressing themselves or commenting on matters that directly affects them,” Mr Kwesi Pratt retorted.
“If the judges of this country think they can hush us unduly in our right to exercise our Freedom of Speech which is aour constitutional right, then they are welcome to arrest me,” the vociferous journalist said.
Mr Kwesi Pratt’ reactions comes at the heels of a statement by Lawyer Thaddeus Sory on behalf of the Judicial Service of Ghana, issuing a stern warning to all media houses against publishing articles that seeks to inspire hatred toward them.
The statement by the legal luminaries has sparked interesting reactions from Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and policy analysts on what they termed as an attempt to subdue the rights to free speech in the country.
President of IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe has also expressed his displeasure on the same matter stating that the move by the judges is an affront to Ghana’s democracy.
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