The Research and Advocacy Platform has noted the imprisonment of a journalists and two Ghanaian citizens by the Supreme Court yesterday for comments they made about the court in a broadcast on Montie Fm.
RAP notes the need to uphold the integrity of vital state institutions like the Supreme Court.We nonetheless believe that the four months custodial sentence imposed on the three is excessive and has the potential to severely curtail the right to free speech which is a fundamental right enshrined in the 1992 Constitution.
We are consequently taking a number of steps aimed at mobilising Ghanaians of all shades of opinion to Petition the President to invoke Article 72 of the Constitution to offer the imprisoned three a reprieve from this harsh sentence.
A Petition Book has been opened at the premises of Radio Gold at Laterbiokoshie and the Freedom Centre at Kokomlemle requesting abatement of the sentence and/or a Presidential Pardon.
All are encouraged to go and sign the books at any of the two places.