Journalist shot dead in Ghana

Hugh Fox
January 20, 2019

Media organisations and journalists in Ghana on Thursday called for more protection and demanded the government fully investigate.

Ahmed Husein-Suale, who is a teammate of the award-winning investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, was shot dead at Madina in Accra on Wednesday night.

Hussein-Suale had worked with Anas Aremeyaw Anas on an investigation into cash gifts in Ghana's football leagues. The Confederation of African Football, the continent's top soccer body, banned or suspended almost two dozen referees and officials because of Anas' team's work.

Anas reacted to the news about his colleague's death in a tweet, saying: "Sad news, but we shall not be silenced". Rest in peace, Ahmed.

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Ahmed Hussein-Suale was killed late Wednesday, shot twice in the chest and once in the neck at close range while driving in the suburb of Accra where he lived.

"That boy that's very unsafe, he lives here in Madina".

In his request letter to the US Secretary of State, he stated that the US government must also think of possible coercive measures including a travel ban against the Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong over his behavior and utterances against the deceased earlier to his killing.

In the undercover investigation into football corruption, Agyapong's name was mentioned by implicated sporting officials.

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Press freedom groups said the Ghanaian authorities had to take threats against journalists seriously.

He sarcastically stated that he had a business deal somewhere he has to attend and that upon his return, he will "fire Anas and his 'stupid" lawyer for their diversionary tactics in relation to the gruesome death of the journalist.

RSF has previously condemned threats against Anas after he revealed "threatening calls, intimidatory messages and suspicious vehicles near his home".

Ghanaian journalists condemned the killing of the 34-year-old reporter, who played a key role in last year's investigation.

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