A former Attorney general and legal practitioner, Nii Ayikoi Otoo, has said Montie FM’s apology following threats made by two of its panelists against Supreme Court judges smacked of hypocrisy.
According to the former Attorney General, Montie FM had a reputation for incendiary comments, and that prior to its two panelists threatening the lives of judges on air, they have been known for slandering and bashing the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP).
[contextly_sidebar id=”uFPnK5PhP1pPXJCATwbwFa1DpeXJvkcV”]The two panelists, Alistair Nelson and Godwin Ako Gunn, during a current affairs programme on the station, threatened to “finish” the Supreme Court judges if they made any judgment against the Electoral Commission in the court case challenging the validity of the voters’ register.
Management of the Accra-based station subsequently apologised and banned the two panelists until further notice, a day after the Supreme cited the owners of the station, the host, and the two panelists for contempt.
“As far as I am concerned, this is nothing more than a hypocritical apology’
But Mr. Otoo viewed those moves by Montie FM’s management as simply hypocritical, a fact he said all who listen to the station can attest to.
Speaking on Eyewitness News, he said, “I see their apology as very hypocritical and I am saying so because all those who have listened to Montie, which is the Akan version of radio Gold, will tell you that what they do is to bash the NPP and its leader.”
He also highlighted the cynicism in the fact, the station only apologized for the death threats made by its panelists only after it had gotten into trouble with the law.
Mr. Otoo further questioned why the host of the current affairs programme in question, one Mugabe, was also not sanctioned.
“If it is now that they have gotten themselves into trouble that they are telling us that they now want to apologise unreservedly, they have banned the people from coming on the program, but what about the host of the program, Mugabe, who is well known for some of these articulations.”
Montie FM panelists, host face Supreme Court on July 12
The Supreme Court has scheduled Tuesday July 12 2016, for the hearing of the contempt suit brought against owners of Accra-based Montie FM, the host of the station’s ‘Pampaso’ programme, and two panelists, who threatened to kill judges over their handling of the Abu Ramadan suit on the credibility of the voters’ register.
By: Delali Adogla-Bessa/citifmonline.com/Ghana