AG Takes On Joy FM Over ‘False’ Report

Gloria Akuffo

The Attorney General
(AG), Gloria Akuffo, has accused Joy FM and Myjoyonline.com of
publishing a “false” court story about her in the case related to the
eligibility of Martin Amidu as Special Prosecutor of Ghana.

It would be
recalled that on Tuesday, May 14, Joy FM and Myjoyonline.com had the
headline: ‘Amidu’s eligibility as Special Prosecutor: AG ordered to file defence.

The media outlets
reported that the AG and Minister of Justice had been ordered by the Supreme
Court to “file a defence justifying the appointment of Martin Amidu as
Special Prosecutor.”

They also
reported that the AG and Minister of Justice had been given three weeks to file
the defence.

But the AG, through
her Deputy, Godfred Yeboah Dame, said in a release that “it’s eminently clear
that your publication that the Attorney General has been ordered by the Supreme
Court to file a defence justifying the appointment of Martin Amidu as Special
Prosecutor was false, unfolded and a product of an unjustified indulgence in
sensationalism.”

“We are baffled
that such a story was generated by your radio station, which had reporters in
the Supreme Court on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, as no such order was made by the
Supreme Court.”

According to the
AG, “The record of proceedings in the matter would show that for the plaintiff
Dr. Dominic Akuritinga Ayine’s counsel Mr. Tony Lithur merely announced to the
court the filing of a joint Memorandum of Issues.”

The AG, therefore, directed Joy FM and Myjoyonline.com, both owned by the Multimedia Group of Companies “to within three days of receipt of this letter, retract the stories complained of together with an apology with the same prominence as the earlier offending publications.”

By Melvin Tarlue



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