“I am on my knees please forgive me. I plead with you all, I am sorry, I am sorry…it won’t happen again,” this is a plea of staunch New Patriotic Party (NPP) member, Hajia Fati to Adom FM reporter, Akosua Sakyiwaa also known as Ohemaa after a High Court found her guilty of assault.
The High Court, Human Rights Division on Monday, December 2, 2019, awarded a total of GH¢9,000.00 against the outspoken NPP woman.
The court held that Hajia Fati violated the fundamental human rights of the reporter to free expression in the exercise of her profession as a journalist it awarded a total of ¢9000 against her ¢2000 being punitive damages for her reprehensible conduct.
According to the Court, her action is a threat to media freedom which ought to be punished to serve as an example to others who may be minded to interfere with media right and freedoms.
The Court observed that protection of such rights and freedoms was critical to a properly functioning democracy.
But, after being lampooned by the public and some members of her party, Hajia Fati has rendered an unqualified apology to Ohemaa and the entire journalism fraternity for her behaviour.