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From: Ghana|Joy News|Anny Osabutey          Published On: March 15, 2013, 12:38 GMT
 
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Judge warns journalists to report accurately or...
The judge presiding over the judgment debt case between the state and businessman Alfred Woyome has warned journalists covering the trial he will be compelled to throw them out if they continue misreporting proceedings that happened in the court.

Justice John Adjet Nasam at the Financial Division of the Fast Track High Court issued the warning following complaints from both the prosecution witness and lawyers of the accused for what they say is the continues misreporting of events that happened in the courtroom.

Senior State Prosecutor Cynthia Lamptey says her observation over the period points to a systematic pattern of misreporting, citing both the Daily Guide and the Enquirer as the most guilty.

Lawyer for Alfred Woyome, Alhaji Musa Ahmed also raised issues with a Ghanaian Times publication he says the content was at variance with what happened in court.

Justice Ajet-Nasam who took notice of the complaints said he is equally on unhappy with the continues embellishment of reports from his court.

He said any journalists covering the proceedings can contact the court for clarifications over issues that were not clear to them but warned he will be forced to take drastic action against offenders.

“You can access the court proceedings after hearing in order to report accurately,” he said, adding that “any media house which publishes misleading report will not be allowed in my court.”

He says he is not in anyway trying to trample on the rights of journalists but the right thing should be done.



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