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Friday, February 26, 2010

Comment: Are you not being hypocritical already?

Comment: Are you not being hypocritical already?
Nana Akyea Mensah, The Odikro.
2010-02-26 19:43:54
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Hypocrisy, hypocrisy, hypocrisy all over!!!

Hi Yaw,

If you are not a hypocrite yourself, can you explain to me whether your right to swing your arms do not end where my nose begins?

The criminal libel law has been repealed, so it is wrong to prosecute anyone under a non-existent law. That said, if the police is already investigating a case, and you go to the air to make claims that suggest you have vital information, I would not be surprised if you get yourself invited to help them in their investigations. Freedom goes with responsibilities. I shall call this a civic duty of every Ghanaian!

The abuse of the freedom of speech such as the BOOM speeches of Rawlings have always been condemned by Ghanaians. Trouble is sometimes it goes to very deliberately mischevious levels that endanger the security of all of us. Just consider the stupid lie the NPP fabricated when it became clear they were going to lose the elections. They invented a hit-list that was attributed to Rawlings. In this propaganda, the story was that Rawlings was preparing to kill certain very prominent Ghanaians, should the NDC candidate, Professor Atta Mills win the elections. The kind of tension and panic that this threw our dear country into is still very fresh in our minds!

It is very possible that if nothing is done about irresponsible utterances in print and electronic media, we may wake up one day and see our country in flames!

My own conscience tells me this Nana Darkwa did nothing to advance our democracy. His was a stab on the back of free speech. If we want to defend free speech, we must also be mindful of what we are defending. It is highly hypocritical to pretend that in the name of free speech anything goes. As I pointed out with the Rawlings Hit List saga, I do not see how you propose to see the private parties sorting this out in a civil suit, when the very stability of the country was under threat?

The fact that Rawlings himself might have been guilty of this under the NPP Administration is neither here nor there. It was not Rawlings fault if Kufour could not discipline him. Just before his house burnt down, JJ had a good dressing from Kwesi Pratt, Jnr and Alhaji Bature.

Whilst you might want to complain about the manner the police handled this case, let us look forward beyond your nostrils and not bury our heads in sand and pretend that such stupid behaviour is tolerable under our democracy. You run the risk of being a bloody hypocrite yourself by assuming that the only possible course open to the public in curbing such dangerous abuses with impunity is by civil suit. Shame unto you!


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