Investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas has sued the Multimedia Group Limited and three of its staff for defamation.
The award winning journalist is asking for damages; costs, including lawyers fees over defamatory comments made by the Assin Central Member of Parliament on February 26, 2019, on Adom TV (a television channel of Multimedia) which he says injured his reputation as a lawyer and globally acclaimed investigative journalist.
“In consequence, the plaintiff’s reputation, especially as a lawyer and a globally acclaimed investigative journalist, has been egregiously damaged and he has suffered debilitating distress and embarrassment. Further, he has been inundated with numerous calls from business associates, journalists associations around the world, social relations and friends and outright strangers, and he has had to answer very mortifying questions, “his suit read
Anas further argues that the three Multimedia staff Benjamin Kwabena Asante (presenter of Adom TV and host of Badwam Mpensempensemu), Dominic Kissi Yeboah (television programme producer at Adom TV and producer of Badwam Mpensempensemu) and Abdulai Awudu (General Manager of Multi TV) allowed the defamatory material to be published about him by Mr Agyapong.
Anas in his statement of claim noted the defendants by a guest they had invited on popular Adom TV morning political show Badwam Mpensempensemu, broadcast and published and or/caused to be broadcast and published defamatory words on the plaintiff.
To him, the comments made by the guest were understood to mean that the plaintiff is a criminal engaged in illegal mining, a nation wrecker, an evil person, bribery, corruption, extortion and impersonation of Army officers.
He is also claiming that defendants did nothing to prevent or stop their guest from publishing the defamatory words and went on to upload the programme and its contents onto their various Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) on the World Wide Web.
“In addition, the defendants did nothing to prevent or stop their guest from publishing the words complained of against the plaintiff. In the least, they failed to even distance themselves from their guest and the words he was publishing; but rather offered him their media platform on a one-sided conversation to run on and on in publishing the words complained of”.