Kuranchie Receives Visitors At Ho Central Prisons

Mr. Kenneth KuranchieThe Volta Regional Executives of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), have visited incarcerated editor of the Daily Searchlight newspaper, Kenneth Agyei Kuranchie at the Ho Central Prisons, where he is being held.

Kuranchie and a National Democratic Congress’ communicator, Stephen Atubiga, were on Tuesday sentenced to 10 and three days in prison respectively, for criminal contempt by the Supreme Court panel of Judges hearing the election petition.

While Kuranchie is held at Ho,  Stephen Atubiga was placed at the Nsawam Prisons in the Eastern Region.
The NPP executives who visited Ken Kuranchie and  provided him with breakfast, told Joy News, he was in good spirits.

Meanwhile, the then Editor for Accra Daily Mail; Alhaji Haruna Atta, who, in 1998 was jailed alongside the Editor-in-Chief of The New Crusading Guide; Abdul Malik Kweku Baako said, he “feels very sympathetic” for the sentencing of Ken Kuranchie.

Haruna Atta and Kweku Baako, were sentenced to one month’s imprisonment while their publishers, Kinesic Publications and Western Publications respectively for The Weekend Statesman and The Guide, were fined GH¢ 10 million each. At the time of their sentencing, Kweku Baako had left the The Guide for The Crusading Guide as Editor.

Recounting his experience on the Joy Mid-day News with Jefferson Sackey, Haruna Attah said “The prison is not a pleasant place even if it is one day” and added that he felt “frightened and bemused” as soon as the judgment was delivered.
“Your freedom is lost as soon as judgment is read to you”, he said.

Meanwhile, the head of the Media Foundation for West Africa, Prof. Kwame Karikari says the Supreme Court’s ruling on Tuesday did not come as a surprise, given the level of recklessness exhibited by some journalists.

He told Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, host of the Super Morning Show on Wednesday that there was “too much waywardness by people who comment on public issues”.

Karikari said the ruling by the Supreme Court would truncate the tendency of people to comment on matters in court, such as the ongoing election petition.

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