MICHAEL TETTEH ANGUAH
V.
CENTRE FOR PLANT MEDICINE RESEARCH

(2016) JELR 107684 (HC)    
High Court  ·  BMISC/804/2015 ·  7 Nov 2016 ·  Ghana
CORAM
KWEKU T. ACKAAH-BOAFO
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JUDGMENT 

[A] Introduction

[1] It is indeed true that the balance between free speech and protection of reputation is an  uneasy one. When the Daily Graphic accepted to publish a disclaimer submitted by the Plant and  Medicine Research, the 1st Defendant herein in or about January 2015, little did it know that it  was setting in motion a chain of events which would lead to a lawyer’s letter for retraction, an  apology and a demand for compensation and ultimately a defamation lawsuit for a claim in  damages. This is an action for defamation by a former employee of the 1st Defendant Research  Centre at Akropong against the Defendants herein for damages and injunction among others.  

[B] The Action 

[2] By a writ of summons filed on the 29th day of May, 2015 the Plaintiff claims against the  Defendants the following reliefs: 

i) A declaration that the publication by the Defendants in the Daily Graphic of Monday 19th January 2015 is defamatory of the Plaintiff. 

ii) General Damages for libe…

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