Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa writes on his Facebook wall:
A jail term is not something I will wish for even an enemy. As a former Deputy Minister of Information, my thoughts and prayers are with the Montie Three, the staff and management of Network Broadcasting Co. Ltd. and indeed the entire media fraternity in Ghana and abroad. I honestly like most Ghanaians and press freedom advocates I have interacted with did not expect this outcome especially after the profuse remorse showed by the gentlemen and their lawyers and the fact that the BNI had assured the nation that there was no credible lead or capacity by the affected persons to carry out their threats upon arrest and interrogation.
I believe it is possible to guarantee the safety of our judges and at the same time protect media freedoms within a fine balance that ensures that any of these do not feel under attack. I am not sure we have achieved this under the current circumstances.
I pray this development does not further increase the political temperature as we approach the December 7 elections. A consequence which must be avoided.
Let cool heads, mercy, solidarity and fairness prevail.