A 31 year old man is suing the Ghana Journalist Association (GJA) claiming that the use of the term “soli” by some members of GJA has “damaged his reputation.”
John Soli- who shares a surname with a popular term which in journalist-speak refers to the money demanded by journalists to guarantee coverage of an event- is asking for GHC 50, 000 in compensation from the GJA.
Although the practice of journalist demanding “soli” has been around for sometime, it has recently received widespread condemnation from the general public, with many equating the practice to common bribery. According to John Soli, the association of “soli” with bribery has made him the “object of derisive jokes by friends and colleagues.”
He wants the courts to hold the GJA ultimately responsible for the “damage caused to his reputation.” He also wants the courts to rename the term “soli” as common bribery to avoid further damage to his reputation.
“Soli” is no different from what the police officers demand from drivers at check points. “Let’s call a spade a spade, soli is just plain bribery,” he added.