Supreme Court schedules January 17 for the hearing on the ban of alcohol ads featuring celebrities

The Supreme Court has scheduled the hearing for the case involving Artiste Manager Mark Darlington Osae against the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) on January 17, 2024.


Osae contests the FDA’s ban on celebrities advertising alcoholic beverages, implemented in 2015. He argues that the directive violates Articles 17 (1) and 17 (2) of the 1992 Constitution, ensuring equality before the law and prohibiting discrimination based on factors such as economic status, gender, race, ethnic origin, color, and religion. In defense, the FDA claims the ban aims to protect minors from the influence of alcohol.


Osae initiated the legal challenge in 2011, and when the case was called on Wednesday, November 15, 2023, it was adjourned to January 17, 2024.


Various entertainment industry stakeholders, including Sarkodie and Bullet, were seen at the Supreme Court. In social media videos, Sarkodie appeared in corporate attire, accompanied by his entourage, including manager Angel.


The Sarkcess Label boss and his team were in court with the plaintiff’s lawyer, Bobby Banson. Representatives from King Promise and R2Bees’ camps were also present, interacting with lawyers after the proceedings.


CEO of Rufftown Records and Wendy Shay’s Manager, Bullet, was observed engaging with the media at the court’s premises.

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