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Arrested ModernGhana Editor Explains How Electric Shocks Were Applied To His Manhood During Detention

Arrested ModernGhana Editor Explains How Electric Shocks Were Applied To His Manhood During Detention
Arrested ModernGhana Editor Explains How Electric Shocks Were Applied To His Manhood During Detention

Editor of the online news portal, Modernghana.com has revealed harrowing torture at the hands of national security operatives after he and his colleagues were picked up last Thursday.

He told JoyNews Monday, he was beaten up, slapped for unconvincing answers and electric shocks applied to his manhood.

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The National Security Ministry had said their arrest was in connection with alleged cyber crimes.

Gun-wielding operatives stormed the company’s office in Accra without a warrant and strapped the heads of two of the staff in black polythene bags, a staff has recounted.

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Office of Modernghana has remained locked

They were then whisked away.

“All we knew was that we were in a building,” editor Emmanuel Ajafor Abugri told JoyNews following his release.

He said there was no question about alleged cyber crimes. Their captors focussed exclusively on the publication of two articles.

One of the articles related to a protracted conflict at the University of Education, Winneba.

Emmanuel Abugri explained, he received the articles under the name that included ‘Constance’ and published after it met their editorial policy.

He stressed to the operatives “I am not the one who wrote it”, an answer he alleged, offended the operatives.

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The journalist said, the operatives did not believe he could go ahead and publish an opinion from an unacquainted source and concluded the article was authored by him.

“They beat me a lot,” he claimed.

Private Newspaper Publishers Association of Ghana has condemned the detention of the journalists by National Security operatives describing it is a clear sign the country is lagging behind when it comes to press freedom.READ ALSO:  A chained man’s final moments before he was bludgeoned to death

Ghana lost its place as Africa’s bastion of press freedom in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index. Ghana fell four places to 27th out of 180 countries.

Executive Secretary at PRINPAG Nii Laryea Sowah said the operatives at national security do not want to learn and explained the National Media Commission exists to resolve complaints against errant journalist.

He said the Association will petition the President.

Source: Myjoyonline.com

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