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Radio journalist hospitalised following assault by ruling party supporters

(MFWA/IFEX) - On the morning of 8 September 2010, Alexander Afriyea, a correspondent of Kumasi-based Nhyira FM radio station, was hospitalised after being violently attacked by persons believed to be supporters of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) party in Effiduase, the capital of Sekyere East District of Ashanti Region.

A colleague of the journalist, Kwabena Ampratwum, told Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) that: "Afriyea was gasping for breath, lying on one side and could only move his head on the bed at the time I visited him at the hospital."

The correspondent had gone to cover rampaging NDC supporters who were demanding the dismissal of the Chief Executive of the District.

Ampratwum said "Afriyea, who is an aspirant in the forthcoming district assembly election, was accused of being a member of the opposition New Patriotic Party by the angry NDC supporters.

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