Anas challenges Derry

Investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, has dared High Court Judge, Paul Derry, to face him with the panel of judges selected by the Chief Justice, rather than resorting to the International Human Rights Court in Abuja, to seek redress.

The embattled High court judge took to the courts, and subsequently to the International Human Rights Courts, praying it to, among other things, find Anas Aremeyaw guilty for invading privacy and, thereby, breaching ethical standards in journalism.

Speaking at the Distinguished Lecture Series organised by the Department of Communication Studies of the Central University Miotso Campus, on the topic, ‘Putting the pieces together: The aftermath of the judiciary exposé’, the ace journalist defended his line of work which hinged on naming, shaming and jailing.

He noted that following the expose that led to the interdiction of more than 30 High Court and Lower Court judges, he was facing about 72 lawsuits.

There had been concerns about his work, with many who have been indicted citing unprofessionalism and breach of journalistic ethics.

Anas, however, stated that his style of journalism was rather saving the country from the hands of people who, otherwise, would have milked the state coffers dry.

He added that the way forward “lies on us because at least, we know that judges are great people; but we also know that they can be questioned when they go wrong.

“Ten years from today if the judiciary gets back to the position it was, all of us must be blamed. If we all keep a constant eye, we all will have a problem-free or minimised corrupt judiciary,” he said.

Speaking on the sidelines of the Public Lecture, the president of Central University, Professor Kwesi Yankah, lauded the efforts of Anas for changing the face of journalism not only in Ghana but also on the continent, and also for keeping a check on corruption in Ghana.

Three of the judges affected by his expose have filed a suit at the court of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) citing alleged violations of their human rights in Ghana.

Justice Paul Dery, Justice Mustapha Habib Logoh and Justice Gilbert Ayisi Addo, in a joint suit, named the Ghana Government, the Chief Justice of Ghana, the Judicial Council and the Attorney-General of Ghana as the first, second, third and fourth respondents, respectively.

By the suit, the three justices are seeking the enforcement of their human rights which have been allegedly violated by the Government.

They are, among other things, seeking an order from the court to direct the Ghana Government to “pay with interest, full salaries and allowances which it unlawfully suspended since January, 2016 – arising out of a petition by Tiger Eye PI/Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ for their removal from office.”

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