Journalists at digital news site Modern Ghana were allegedly tortured during investigations by operatives of national security after they were detained on Friday June, 28, 2019.
The arrested journalists from online news platform, Modern Ghana, were apparently, “slapped and tortured with electric shock [sic] and subjected to physical assaults.”
That is according to Multimedia Group journalist and vocal government critic, Manasseh Azure Awuni.
Awuni took to his Facebook on July 1, 2019 to narrate, rather expansively, on communication he claimed to have had with the journalists in the custody of National Security.
He wrote that the journalists were made “to delete two articles they had published about the National Security Minister, Albert Kan Dapaah after which they were tortured and asked to confess who was behind those articles.”
Awuni said that he had also spoken to very senior sources at the National Security Ministry. These sources are apparently of the evidence that the journalists were hacking emails of other media houses and stealing reports filed by their correspondents.
Awuni’s sources at the ministry also maintain that the journalists will be put before court and the truth may come out. On whether the Modern Ghana journalists were tortured, the source reportedly said, “I was not there, but I’m not sure the boys would do that.” As things stand, YEN.com.gh is yet to learn of another media house’s complaints of being hacked.
Awuni then went on a tirade, explaining his personal feelings about the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government of Nana Akufo-Addo. “From my independent observation and interactions with colleague journalists, however, there appears to be overwhelming concern among journalists that Akufo-Addo’s government is about the hostile journalists and critics” [sic]. “My candid view is that the Mahama government was more accommodating of criticism, no matter how scathing, than what we are experiencing now.
” YEN.com.gh earlier reported that according to the Editor-in-Chief of ModernGhana, William Nana Beeko, the raid on Modern Ghana took place after the website posted a news item about the National Security minister, Albert Kan Dapaah, and a Member of Parliament (MP) for the Efutu constituency, Alexander Afenyo-Markin.
All initial effort to communicate with the editors failed. Laptops belonging to the media outfit were seized and the location of the editors had been unknown.
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