Hajia Fati, a member of the ruling New
Patriotic Party (NPP), who assaulted a journalist at the party's headquarters
in Accra on May 4, 2018, has been fined GH¢9000 by an Accra Human Rights High
Court today Monday, December 2, 2019.
Hajia Fati, a vociferous supporter of the NPP was fined by the court for the assault of Adom FM's reporter, Akosua Sakyiwaa also known as Ohemaa Sakyiwaa Ahwenepa.
The court held that Hajia Fati violated the fundamental human rights of the reporter to free expression in the exercise of her profession as a journalist.
The court in its judgement said Hajia Fati’s action is a threat to media freedom which ought to be punished to serve as an example to others who may be minded to interfere with media freedoms.
The court also observed that protection of such rights and freedoms was critical to a properly functioning democracy.
It, however, declined to fix joint liability on the NPP explaining that the party had shown that Hajia Fati did not act on its instruction and it was also evident in the party’s open condemnation of the assault.
The court, however, noted that Hajia Fati had
shown remorse and rendered apologies for her conduct.
Meanwhile, a criminal trial of Hajia Fati is still ongoing.