The president of the Arts and Tourism Writers Association of Ghana (ATWAG), William Asiedu has described as very wrong the arrest action taken by Kumawood actor Kwadwo Nkansah Lilwin towards a blogger, Ohemaa Candace, of Ghsplash.com for writing a fake story about him.
Mr. Asiedu revealed in the interview with Zionfelix on Radio Universe that according to the lawyers he spoke to when he heard the news, it was legally wrong for the police to have arrested the lady with handcuffs as the issue was not criminal. The ATWAG president further stated that currently, the repeal of the criminal libel law makes it quite unfortunate for the police to have used the handcuffs on the lady whose name is only known as Candice which has resulted to her pictures popping up all over social media.
“…according to the lawyers I have spoken to this morning, it is wrong…the charge against her will certainly be defamation or slander, which is not criminal…” Mr. William Asiedu stated.
He also revealed during the chat with Zionfelix on the mid-morning entertainment show, Brtunch2Lunch that the lawyers told him that the best thing Lilwin could have done was to have sued the lady at the court for defamation, which will clearly be a civil suit instead of a criminal case. He ended by asking all arts and tourism writers in the country to make it a point to join the ATWAG. He added that they should join because they as a union offer proper education for their members most times which will prevent them from getting into such problems.
The background of this issue started late yesterday October, 29 when Candace published a story on her blog that Lilwin knocked down someone at the premises of Peace FM with his customized car.
According to the false reportage, the actor was caught “explaining to the receptionist at the front desk of Peace FM…he was parking his car when he heard a guy screaming for help claiming he has knocked him down”.
The writer behind the story was on Monday, October 29, 2018 caught red-handed publishing the story online for mischief purposes.