Editors Forum Wants Kuranchie’s Sentence Reduced

Mr. Kenneth KuranchieThe Editors Forum, Ghana (EFG) has appealed to the panel of judges on the election petition hearing to reduce the sentence of Kenneth Kuranchie, Editor of The Daily Searchlight  newspaper, on humanitarian grounds.

It said : “We are convinced that the intended effect of the warning to the media of the importance of knowing where to draw the line in writing, has already been achieved.”
The appeal was contained in a petition issued and signed by the Chairperson of EFG, Ms. Ajoa Yeboah-Afari, to the Acting Director, Complaints Unit, Judicial Service, Supreme Court, Accra and copied to her Lordship, the Chief Justice, Mrs. Justice Georgina T. Wood; Chairman of the National Media Commission, Ambassador Kabral-Blay Amihere; President of the Ghana Journalists Association, and the Private Newspapers Association of Ghana.

The petition further said: “It is our belief that the media family took the warning to heart as soon as the sentence was pronounced on Tuesday, July 2. “We believe that Mr. Kuranchie has learnt his lesson,” it added.

“We, therefore, plead with you to use your good offices to intercede on humanitarian grounds for mitigation of Kenneth Kuranchie’s 10-day jail term, which he has already begun serving,” the EFG further appealed.

“We are also aware that the panel probably could have given our colleague a harsher sentence, but we believe the Lordships only sought to send out a strong caution. “As a body which has long campaigned for responsible journalism, we would be the first to advise the media on the need to always bear in mind, circumspection in exercising media freedom and the need for respect for the panel.”
It is recalled that the Supreme Court slapped a 10-day jail sentence on Kuranchie after having found him guilty of contempt of the court.

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