Source: GHANA 

DATE: 6th-july-2016 

Management of Montie FM, the local language radio station on which two panelists made threats on the life of Judges, has condemned the comments in a letter of apology.

The station’s General Manager, Murtala Mohammed, says the comments by the panelists were regrettable.

“Management condemns absolutely the said statements which it considers regretable and dissociates itself from those statements.

“Management wishes to assure all Ghanaians of its resolve not to condone any action that will in any way tend to do not undermine the administration of justice in our country, nor shall management condone any action that will tend to compromise the safety and security of members of the judiciary or the peace and stability of Ghana,” said the statement issued Wednesday.

During a political current affairs programme on the radio station, two panelists, Alistair Nelson and Godwin Ako Gunn reportedly made threats of harm and death against the judges.

While Alistair has come out to apologise and retract his comments, Godwin – who is a member of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) communication team – has denied making threatening comments on the judges.

The Ghana Bar Association (GBA) and the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) have both condemned the alleged threats against members of the bench. The GBA wants the security agencies to arrest and prosecute the two panelists for their comments.

The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) says the comments, which were made on June 29, 2016, the eve of the 34th anniversary of the Martyr’s Day anniversary, was unnecessary, unprovoked.

Read the full apology from Montie FM below.

APOLOGY

The management of “Montie” FM wishes to render its sincerest apologies to Her Ladyship the Chief Justice, Justices of the Supreme Court and the Bench in general for the use of its platform by certain panellists recently to make statements that appear to threaten the safety of the Supreme Court Bench.

Management condemns absolutely the said statements which it considers regretable and dissociates itself from those statements.

Management wishes to assure all Ghanaians of its resolve not to condone any action that will in any way tend to undermine the administration of justice in our country, nor shall management condone any action that will tend to compromise the safety and security of members of the judiciary or the peace and stability of Ghana.

Management will ensure that in future, panellists who appear on the programmes of the station are circumspect in their diction to avoid a repeat of the regretable occurrence.

We will continue to operate as a law abiding corporate citizen of Ghana and will not condone any action that will tend to undermine the administration of justice in the country that we all love so much.

As a sign of our disapproval of the conduct of the panellists, Management decided to ban the said panelists from appearing on all our programmes until further notice.

Management has initiated the necessary disciplinary proceedings against the host and the producer of the programme.

Signed

Mutala Mohammed

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