Montie 3 Jail Sentence Not a Breach of Media Rights – Journalists Association

According to David Agbenu, the Montie 3 jail sentence came as a result of their breach of the law

The General Secretary of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) David Agbenu, has come out to correct the impression by some stakeholders, that the judgement against the Montie FM trio is an attack on the media and free speech.

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The Judiciary has faced massive backlash from some stakeholders following the four-month jail sentence dished out to the three contemnors in the Montie FM contempt case.

The three were sentenced on Wednesday by the Supreme Court, after they were found guilty of contempt charges brought against them. This was after they had threatened on radio to kill Supreme Court judges over their handling of the suit on the credibility of the voters’ register.

Reading the sentence, the presiding Judge Sophia Akuffo, said the two panelists willfully issued death threats on the judges. She also said they lowered the authority of the court by insisting they will not accept its judgement on the controversial matter of the voters’ register.

Many have had the notion that the judgement by the apex court infringed on the right to expression of the media.

But Mr Agbenu has attempted to call the entire public to their senses. According to him, the Montie 3 jail sentence came as a result of their breach of the law.

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He explained that no one is above the law and that the three had to be punished for breaching the laws of the land by issuing death threats on the apex court Judges.

Speaking on Citi News, he said that court did not issue the said judgement to them because they were media practitioners, but because they were found guilty of contempt.