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SOLOMON JOOJO COBBINAH AND OTHERS
V.
ACCRA METROPOLITAN ASSEMBLY AND OTHERS

(2017) JELR 69501 (HC)    
High Court  ·  SUIT NO. HR/238/2015 ·  17 Feb 2017 ·  Ghana
CORAM
ANTHONY K. YEBOAH JUSTICE OF THE HIGH COURT

Ratio Decidendi

Core Terms Beta
applicants
respondents
person
breach of the peace
order
arrest
fundamental human rights
protective custody
2nd respondents
negative impression
affidavit evidence
available evidence
demolition exercise
general public
open space
public place
reasonable grounds
1st respondent
2nd respondent
3rd respondent
conduct of the respondents
legal issues
police officer
police station
victims of the demolition exercise
aftermath of the mensah guinea demolition
anti-social acts
applicants company’s newsroom
applicants’ enjoyment
breaches of ethical codes of conduct
breaches of the peace
chief executive officer of the 1st respondent
court shows
duty of the police
enforcement of fundamental human rights
fact of the demolition
following orders
head of the ghana police service
high court
offences act
performance of their constitutional duty
pretrial detention
principal legal advisor of the government of the republic
public administrative body
section of the squatters
sufficient visual evidence
supporting facts
time of the institution of the present action
true purpose of his detention

JUDGMENT

YEBOAH, J.

In this application for the enforcement of fundamental human rights and freedoms filed on 5th March 2015, this Court is called upon to draw the appropriate, conceptual boundary between media independence, on the one hand, and the duty of the police to prevent and prosecute crime, on the other. In other words, in preventing the Applicants from filming the aftermath of the Mensah Guinea demolition, did the Respondents interfere with the Applicants’ enjoyment of media independence and other rights and freedoms?

The Applicants in this application are all journalists in the employment of the Multimedia Group Limited assigned to the Multi TV Joynews Department. The 1st Respondent is the public administrative body responsible for the capital city of Ghana; the 2nd Respondent was, at the time of the institution of the present action, the chief executive officer of the 1st Respondent; the 3rd Respondent is the head of the Ghana Police Service; and, the 4th Respondent is the pr…

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