GJA Awards Only a court order will let us rescind our decision on Anas -GJA

Speaking on Accra-based Joy FM Affail Monney maintained that Anas won the award on merit, not favour, adding that it was "consistent with traditions over the years".

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President of the Ghana Journalist Association Affail Monney has stated that the association will withdraw the Journalist of the Year award which was conferred on investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas if it compelled by a court order.

Affail Monney was responding to a petition brought before GJA by embattled High Court Judge Justice Paul Dery, to withdraw the award which was conferred on Anas since the investigative work is being challenged at the Supreme Court.

Anas Aremeyaw Anas was crowned the 2015 Best Journalist and took home a Hyundai SUV and a plague for his exposé which was titled ‘Ghana before the eyes of God'.

In his 12-page petition, he stated that: “By the GJA Award, are you not prejudicing the outcome of the case before the courts, especially the Supreme Court? Is it not contempt pendent lite?

“I am, therefore, by this letter drawing your attention to the consequences of the award GJA gave to Anas Aremeyaw Anas while I give you and your honourable association the opportunity to rectify a blatant wrong that has been inflicted on the whole of the Ghanaian public by the conferment of the said award.

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“Your response to my letter will determine my next line of action since I am determined to use all lawful and legal means at my disposal to ensure that the provisions of the 1992 constitution are upheld and complied with by all persons.

“I would conclude these sentiments of mine by correcting misinformation going around in both print and electronic media that I am on suspension arising out of the Tiger Eye PI petition. I am not on suspension. No prima facie case has been made against me to warrant my suspension. I am on administrative leave which I applied to enable me to use the legal process to clear my name and reputation which Anas Aremeyaw Anas has sought to tarnish.”

Meanwhile, president of GJA Affail Monney has indicated its readiness to face anybody who has issues with Anas’s award as 2015 best journalist of the year in court.

“Our lawyers are ready to back us up in court if it really becomes necessary.”

He argued that they are ready to defend the decision “either in the law court or anywhere. We will refer the matter to our lawyers who are ready to address it.”

Justice Dery remarked in his 12-page petition: “By the GJA Award, are you not prejudicing the outcome of the case before the courts, especially the Supreme Court? Is it not contempt pendent lite?

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“I am, therefore, by this letter drawing your attention to the consequences of the award GJA gave to Anas Aremeyaw Anas while I give you and your honourable association the opportunity to rectify a blatant wrong that has been inflicted on the whole of the Ghanaian public by the conferment of the said award.

“Your response to my letter will determine my next line of action since I am determined to use all lawful and legal means at my disposal to ensure that the provisions of the 1992 constitution are upheld and complied with by all persons.

“I would conclude these sentiments of mine by correcting misinformation going around in both print and electronic media that I am on suspension arising out of the Tiger Eye PI petition. I am not on suspension. No prima facie case has been made against me to warrant my suspension. I am on administrative leave which I applied to enable me to use the legal process to clear my name and reputation which Anas Aremeyaw Anas has sought to tarnish.”

The Western and Central regional branches of the GJA have also accused Mr Monney for handpicking Anas for the award even though he (Anas) did not make an entry.

Speaking on Accra-based Joy FM Affail Monney maintained that Anas won the award on merit, not favour, adding that it was "consistent with traditions over the years".

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