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MFWA criticizes General Legal Council’s summon of ABC TV

By Mutala Yakubu
Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo is the chairperson of the Ghana Legal Council
Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo is the chairperson of the Ghana Legal Council

Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) a media watchdog are unhappy about the General Legal Council’s summon of ABC TV.

ABC TV is been summoned over an interview it conducted on the controversial law school entrance exams.

They interviewed Mr Ansa Asare who is the Rector of Mountcrest University College (MUC) and a former Director of Legal Education of the Ghana Law School has been critical of the GLC which is composed largely of Supreme Court judges.

In one of such interviews, ABC News quoted Kwaku Ansa Asare as saying that:

“The General Legal Council is abusing the trust the nation has reposed in them. It was time they are told in plain language that they should stop the nonsense because what is going on is nonsensical. I can’t understand. As a former director of the law school, I have got to say it nakedly as it is. What they are doing is unbecoming and it is time they stopped.”

Sulemana Braimah who is the Executive Director of MFWA said if the Council is offended by a publication by a media house, it can seek redress with the media regulator, the National Media Commission (NMC).

ABC TV were told to appear before the authorities at the GLC Today by 1pm.

Gordon Asare Bediako manager of ABC TV is to come with a full recording of all a recent interview with a campaigner for legal education reforms Mr Kwaku Ansa Asare.

“Really surprised” by the GLC’s action, the MFWA Executive Director argued that summoning of the ABC TV manager to produce its interview is needless because a ‘simple’ letter asking for it will suffice.

“I really can’t understand why something like this is happening at this time,” Mr Braimah told Joy FM’s Super Morning Show host Daniel Dadzie.

The summons he said sets a “wrong” and “worrying” precedent and could amount to media intimidation.