The editor-in-chief of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako says the police arrest of Accra FM journalist Bobie Ansah over a defamatory statement was wrong.
The host of the ‘Citizen Show’ on Accra100.5FM was picked up and taken to the Nima Police Station and later transferred to the striking force.
The Police said his arrest is in connection with an alleged case of publication of false news and offensive conduct.
He became the third journalist to be arrested in the past month.
Reacting to this, Mr Baako in a Facebook post noted that “The State’s (Police’s) action/reaction is unsustainable and wrong-headed in the context of this particular case.”
He suggested that “Let those whose integrity and reputation might have been damaged by the commission and omission of the journalist, proceed on the civil libel wavelength to cure the mischief and malice”.
In his view there is “no need for criminal investigation or prosecution, unless of course, there’s evidence of fraud, extortion and criminality,” adding that “no journalist and/or media practitioner or media house has immunity/indemnity if and when it comes to issues of extortion, fraud and criminality.”
Meanwhile, Mr Bobie Ansah has been granted GHS50,000 bail by the Kaneshie Circuit Court.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges of publication of false news and offensive conduct.
The case has been adjourned to 14 March 2022.
He is alleged to have accused the First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo and the Vice President’s wife, Samira Bawumia of fraudulently acquiring for themselves state lands at AU village around the Kotoka International Airport for the construction of the Rebecca Foundation.