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Paul Adom-Otchere sues Captain Smart, Media General; demands GH¢10m compensation over defamation

Headlines Paul Adom-Otchere sues Captain Smart, Media General; demands GH10m compensation over defamation
SEP 7, 2022 LISTEN

Broadcaster and Board Chairman of the Ghana Airport Company Limited, Paul Adom-Otchere has sued Blessed Godsbrain Smart, popularly known as Captain Smart, and Media General Ghana Limited for defamation.

Adom-Otchere is, among other things, demanding GH¢10 million as compensation for the damages caused to his reputation following some comments made against him by Captain Smart on Onua FM/TV.

The host of Good Evening Ghana on Metro TV claims the plaintiff on August 26, 2022, made defaming comments against him and also accused him of being a corrupt journalist on Onua FM/TV’s “Onua Maakye” show.

Unhappy with the comments, Mr. Adom-Otchere who has been the host of Good Evening Ghana on Metro TV since 2001 said the publication tarnished his image and lowered his reputation in the eyes of well-meaning people in society.

In his writ filed at the High Court, the broadcaster insisted that the disparaging remarks have made him appear contemptible before his peers and other right-thinking persons.

The Ghana Airport Company Board Chairman among other things wants the court to uphold that the remarks by Captain Smart are defamatory and award “damages in the sum of 10 million Ghana cedis for the defamatory statements made by 1st Defendant on Onua TV and Onua FM.”

He is also seeking “compensatory damages for the damage done to his reputation and aggravated damages for the reckless and malicious publication of the defamatory words.”

He is also seeking an order from the court directing the defendants to retract and apologise for the comments “on all media platforms operated by the 2nd defendant” as well as an “injunction restraining the defendants from further publishing and causing to be published the said similar words defamatory of the plaintiff.”

---citinewsroom

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