Ghanaian ‘irreverent,’ witty editor charged


https://i1.wp.com/news.myjoyonline.com/photos/news/ato_1.jpgHe says he is the cheekiest journalist in town [According to his twitter bio]. Yes, you can feel it in his writings on his blog and pronouncements on radio. Hate him or love him, Ato Kwamena Dadzie, a totally harmless but witty journalist has carved a niche for himself in the West African country as fearless and frees his mind.

He is an epitome of free expression and has had brushes with political authorities on several counts.

It came as no surprise to me when I first saw on a friend’s Facebook status that the acting news editor of top radio station Joy FM, Ato Kwamena Dadzie, has been charged for false publication intended to cause fear and harm in the West African nation Ghana. However, media moguls have reacted angrily to the incident that stands to ruin Ghana’s press freedom reputation.

I am not saying journalists are saints and are immune from being reprimanded of any wrong doing but the very moment you touch us you have touched the very essence of democracy. It is in this vain that I call on those at the helm of affairs to drop the case against our colleague who is standing by the tenets of the inky fraternity to protect his sources.

According to the station’s online edition – myjoyonline – Dadzie would be prosecuted on Wednesday for refusing to disclose sources of a news story the station aired in which it was reported that members of the Ghana Real Estate Development Agency (GREDA) received threatening text messages to back down on their opposition to a $10 billion housing project that government had entered into with Korea construction firm STX.

However, Dadzie wrote on his blog that he was bailed up to an equivalent tune of $4, 000 awaiting court appearance date from the police. “All I can say, for now, is that I am unfazed. I am hoping for the best but I’m very prepared for the worst,” he stated.

We are with you comrade. Stand for the truth and the truth shall set you FREEEEE.

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