Journalist who led ”Free Expression” demonstration in Ghana attacked

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Prince Minkah, XYZ morning show (Ete Sen) host and leader of yesterday’s ”Free Expression” demonstration against NCA’s closure of some radio stations, which include Radio XYZ, says he fears for his life after his private residence was attacked on Wednesday dawn.

His white Hyundai Avante saloon car was broken into while he was asleep, raising eye brows over a possible targeted attack.

“I have reported to matter to the Police for further investigations, but my young family is very traumatized,” Minkah told Power 97.9 FM’s Kaakyire Kwesi Appea-Apraku Wednesday morning.

The journalist is not convinced the vandalism at his home is coincidence, adding “this is an attack on the media freedom we are fighting for.”

Prince, also known as Kwame Minkah, is the convener for Free Media Vanguard (FMV)— a media advocacy group that fronted the protest that drew about 2,000 people onto the streets of Accra.

The demonstration was to draw the country’s attention to what the group and owners of the radio stations (Radio Gold and XYZ) have described as “selective” closure.

Prince said his commitment to the protest stems from the attack on journalists who expose the ills within the political circles in the country.

Attack On Press Men

Tiger Eye P.I’s investigative journalist, Ahmed Suale was murdered at Madina, a suburb of Accra, in January after investigating corruption in Ghanaian football. No one has been arrested yet although NPP MP for Assin Central, Keneddy Agyapong had shown his face on TV and called for on retribution on him.

Multimedia investigative journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni had to flee the country after he was issued with death threats, following his exposé on pro-government militia group that had turned a former seat of government, the Osu Castle, into a training grounds.

Accra-based Starr FM’s Upper East Regional correspondent, Edward Adeti had his family attacked at Bolgatanga after his investigative work resulted in the resignation of a Minister of State.


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