Investigative Journalist, Anas Aremeayaw Anas has withdrawn his suit against the Despite Media Group following the latter’s retraction of some unsavoury words against the Tiger Eye PI boss.
Anas in April 2019 sued Okay FM, a subsidiary of the Despite Media Group together with two of its presenters for defamation.
The investigative journalist argued in his writ that the media house broadcasted and published defamatory comments against him and his associates during a discussion on investigative documentaries on their programme entitled Ade Akye Abia and was seeking reliefs in terms of damages and legal fees.
But in a notice of terms of settlement, the investigative journalist indicated that “the plaintiff and Defendants through their lawyers have held discussions, negotiated and agreed on an amicable settlement of this dispute.”
[contextly_sidebar id=”9f3l6xJ7mwRxcPVZ6WJJtUuNNksleAuc”]The Despite Media group is therefore expected to among other things publish in the Daily Graphic, an unconditional and unreserved retraction and apology as the parties seek leave of the court to have the terms set out adopted as a consent judgement.
According to the notice of terms, portions of the apology in the state newspaper must capture the following:
“The said allegations have been found to be false and same should not have been made on our FM Station. In this regard, the comments relating to this incorrect statement is most regrettable. The Management of the Okay FM, Kwame Nkrumah alias Kwame Nkrumah Tikese and Kwame Amoh do hereby apologize and unconditionally and unreservedly retract the allegations and comments made against Anas Aremeyaw Anas and his associates during the discussions on the Morning Show. Finally, OK FM undertakes not to further publish or reproduce the said allegations and comments on 7 March 2019 on any of its platforms.”
The presenters who were identified as Kwame Nkrumah and Kwame Amoh had described Anas as having promoted “lawlessness” and was “an evil and odious person who is a nation wrecker.”
They also accused him of “extorting money from the President of Ghana, extorting GHc500,000 from an identifiable person, extorting money from persons through threats of libel and slander, extorting money from persons through blackmail as well as engaging in bribery and corruption.”
But Anas insisted in his suit that “the words complained of were utterly false” and were broadcasted “to create disaffection for him and to bring him into odium in the eyes of right thinking members of the Republic and the global community.”