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Hate speech: CAMP intends to amplify grassroots voice-PresidentAto Forson Trial: Court issues arrest warrant for third accused person

The Cameroon Association of Media Professionals, CAMP, is set to put into effect a project that will help in alleviating hate speech across the country.

It is the first project CAMP will be implementing this year 2024 thanks to a fruitful collaboration between the association and the Swiss Embassy in Cameroon. It is known ‘Bridging Respect Through Inclusive Digital Engagement – BRIDGE,’ CNA learned.

The project will address the growing phenomenon of hate speech in Cameroon by promoting a concerted approach of hate speech in the media and on social media platforms.

The main activities will feature among others; workshops, online campaigns, support to content creation, community radio and TV debates on hate speech.

It shall target journalists, bloggers, influencers, community leaders, and other stakeholders.

‘We shall also have awareness meetings with different stakeholders especially traditional rulers to amplify voices at grassroot levels against hate speech,’ ex-railed Solomon Agborem, the national pre
sident.

‘The fight against hate speech is a collective action if we really want to deal away with the prey’. However, ‘the BRIDGE project is expected to kick off any time soon in April with a press conference and later a training workshop for journalists,’ he added.

CAMP is a nonprofit organization specialized in the effective use of the media, mass communication and information technology for education, global information dissemination and access for development, promoting democracy and good governance, national capacity building, promoting community health, cultural preservation, fight against social injustice and poverty alleviation. The association was foudned by Tabe Taryhang who is the Executive Director.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

An Accra High Court has issued a warrant for the arrest of Mr Richard Jakpa, the third accused person in the trial of Dr Ato Forson, the Minority Leader, and former Deputy Minister of Finance.

The Court gave the order for the arrest due to the absence of the third accused person who sent a medical excuse duty through a WhatsApp message received by the Clerk of the Court.

Mr Jakpa and Dr Forson are being prosecuted over the purchase of some ambulances.

Dr Forson was granted a self-recognisance bail of GHS3 million for allegedly wilfully causing financial loss of 2,370,000 euros to the State.

He is also facing an additional charge of ‘Intentionally misapplying public property contrary to section 1 (2) of the Public Property Protection Act, 1977 (SMCD 140).’

While Mr Jakpa was also granted bail of five million Ghana Cedis with three sureties, one of whom must be justified with documents of landed property.

The Court presided over by Justice Afia Serwaa Asare Botwe said the third accused person was absent
and a document purported to be a medical certificate from Lester Hospital had been sent to the Court through a WhatsApp medium.

She said the document did not state any specific conditions Mr Jakpa was suffering from for which he was admitted to the hospital.

She said the document did not meet the requirement for which the accused person should be excused.

Justice Asare Botwe said the doctor who authored the document was also not known.

Meanwhile, Mr Jakpa, who opened his defence on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, and was supposed to continue on Thursday, March 21, 2024, but was absent.

Earlier, the accused person dismissed his lawyer, one Mr Thomas Aubynn of his duties, so currently he had no legal representation in Court

Source: Ghana News Agency