Two members of the Morgan Family (Henry A. K. Morgan & Moses T. Konah) who sued the Front Page Africa Newspaper are demanding U$1.8million or the ownership of media entity for alleged libelous damages.
The pair accuses the newspaper of publishing defamatory advertisement that has made their real estate business to lose U$500,000.
“In view of the foregoing, plaintiffs bring this action for wrong by attachment against the within named defendants and pray your honor most respectfully to hold the defendants liable to plaintiffs in the amount of U$500,000 as special damages, and U$1,000,000 as general damages plus U$350,000 as punitive damages,” the lawsuit stated.
“The defendants with the sole purpose of defaming our hard earned characters underwrote the cost of defamatory announcements which was published in Vol. No. 46, Thursday, March 8, 2018; Vol. 12 No. 48, Monday, March 12, 2018 and Vol. 12. No. 50 Friday, March 16, 2018 editions of respectively of the newspaper.
According to them, the announcement read as follows: “The persons appearing here, known as Henry A. K. Morgan and Anthony C. Morgan and Moses T. Konah are presenting themselves as administrators of the estate of Lawrence A. Morgan. Please be aware that these individuals are not authorized to lease, sell, collect rents or transact any other business on behalf of the Estate of Lawrence Morgan or the Estate of Christine Morgan-Richards.”
They stated that after the announcements was published, they demanded the newspaper to retract such publication but it refused, failed and neglected to yield since then up to and including the filling of the lawsuit.
“I said to the media outlet that if it doesn’t retract the announcements published, the end result would be a huge lawsuit (U$1.8m) that could eventually lead me to taking over of Front Page Africa,” Henry A. K. Morgan said.
Prior to his statement, the Civil Law Court in the morning hours of Monday, April 9, 2018 ordered the sheriff to take possession and custody of the defendants’ properties to include newspaper, vehicles, equipment and other assets until a demand of US$350,000 is paid to satisfy plaintiffs’ request.
Mr. Morgan in an interview with reporters at the court on the grounds of the Temple of Justice said that the government did not coerce their action against the local media.
Writes P. Nas Mulbah