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Newspaper editor detained, released without charge

(MFWA/IFEX) - Prince Prah, editor of the "Daybreak", an Accra-based weekly newspaper, who was detained on March 16, 2011 by Ghana's intelligence agency, the Bureau of National Investigations, (BNI) was released unconditionally at about 21:30 hours GMT on the same day.

Prah told the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) that during his six-hour illegal detention, he was interrogated on a wide range of issues including the source of information for a story he published on March 15 on an alleged massive shake-up at the top hierarchy of the military.

The story, headlined: "Going! Going!! . . . Chief Of Defence Staff On His Way Out?" alleged that Lieutenant General Peter Augustine Blay, Ghana's Chief of Defence Staff, would be replaced.

According to Prah, he was roughed up by two BNI officials who handcuffed and bundled him into their car and initially drove him to the national office of the BNI. After two hours, he was sent to the regional headquarters and further detained until about 21:30 hours GMT, when he was finally released.

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