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Neo
12th August 2011, 12:30 AM
Managing Editor of the Insight newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jnr., has expressed his resentment at the comments by some media commentators and editorials in some newspapers on the Bishop Daniel Obinim sex scandal and his attack on staff of HotFM, an Accra-based commercial radio station.

Founder of the International God’s Way Church (IGWC), Bishop Obinim, is alleged to have had an affair with the wife of one his junior pastors which was the subject for discussion on the station’s programme “Nyaasem ne hye” on Monday. In addition, a voice recording of Obinim was played on air and issues about his (Obinim’s) wife and associated pastors were highlighted.

Infuriated by airing of the tape and that the fact he was not called to state his side of the story, the IGWC General Overseer, together with some of his pastors stormed the premises of HotFM and allegedly vandalized property belonging to the station.

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Following the incident, he was arrested and arraigned before an Accra Circuit Court on Tuesday and charged with conspiracy, causing harm and damage. The accused persons pleaded not guilty.

The court presided over by Mr Eric Kyei-Baffour admitted them to bail in the sum of GH¢50,000 each with two sureties each.

Speaking to the issue on Metro TV’s “Good Morning Ghana” programme, Kwesi Pratt indicted some journalists for passing judgement on the case which is before court, pointing out that they could be cited with contempt of court.

“I am worried with the standard of reporting because the case is in court and it is the court which decides the validity of the evidence. However, in this case it is the newspapers that are making judgments and condemning the pastor. This should not be the case. The journalist could be charged for contempt of court. We can talk about this but not judge the man of God because when a case is in court we restrain from making judgement. However, we can comment on their conduct and not condemn the person...,” he said.

Notwithstanding this, the seasoned journalist bemoaned the influx of what he describes as “charlatans” parading as pastors nowadays. To him, pastors are not different from the ordinary man on the street.

“Pastors are just like some of us they do what we do and sometimes they even do worse than that; there are too many charlatans in priesthood. However when the issue is in court, comments concerning it, are restricted. The law says we should not be making prejudicial statements and an example of this is when the newspaper said; his sins has caught up with him… All the allegations leveled against him needs to be proven in court after evidence are provided…,” he added.



Source: Rebecca Quaye/Peacefmonline.com

Fashion Yaa
12th August 2011, 02:52 AM
Na wow for you mr pratt. This very journalist kept ridiculing akuffo addo's possible drug issue back when npp time