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Radio presenter attacked by opposition party militants

(MFWA/IFEX) - On 15 August 2009, Listowell Nana Kusi-Poku, a presenter at Fox FM, a privately-owned Kumasi-based radio station, was reportedly assaulted by three militants of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Kumasi, Ghana's second largest city.

Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA)'s correspondent reported that the journalist was attacked at about 10:00 p.m. (local time) at the Sports Recreational Centre in Asokwa near the Baba Yara Sports Stadium. The attack occurred after Kusi-Poku's weekly political programme "Hard Ball", which had discussed an impending NPP-proposed constitutional amendment.

The correspondent said the August 15 edition hosted four representatives of the NPP including Hilda Addo, a former member of parliament for Kwadaso Constituency, who spoke strongly against the proposed amendments.

According to Kusi-Poku, three well-built men riding in a taxi cab hit him on his chest several times and told him in a threatening manner to stop creating confusion in the party. He has since been treated and discharged at a hospital.

Meanwhile, the Asokwa police have begun investigations into the matter.

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