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Ghanaian journalist liquidated after uncovering voetbalschandaal

Armed men Wednesday in the Ghanaian capital Accra, the investigative journalist Ahmed Hussein-Suale liquidated. Hussein-Suale was part of a team of journalists that had shown that officials of the Ghana football association bribes had adopted.

Hussein-Suale was three times shot at by a group of men on motorcycles when he Wednesday from his office, drove home, got Thursday night known.

‘We are broken of sorrow by this cowardly act, ” says his production house in a statement. “However, this will not prevent us from corruption in this country to continue to sue.’

The victim was part of a team of investigative journalists last year revealed how 77 referees and Kwesi Nyantakyi, the former chairman of the Ghana football association, were guilty of taking bribes.

The report led to Ghana football association disbanded. The Wereldvoetbalbond FIFA suspended Nyantakyi and offered shortly after his dismissal, is apologetic for his ‘indiscretions’.

Victim previously threatened

The death of Hussein-Suale is unbelief welcomed in Ghana, where the freedom of the press is generally better respected than in the rest of the region. “I expected nothing else than that the police are the culprits of this terrible crime arrest’, tweette the Ghanaian president Afuko-Addo.

Reporters Without Borders places Ghana as the 23rd of the 180 countries in its annual persvrijheidslijst, making it the highest ranked African country. The American Committee to Protect Journalists, the worldwide press freedom monitors, says that the attack nevertheless shows that ‘Ghanaian journalists cannot be sure of their personal safety when they are in power accountable’.

So had a member of parliament Hussein-Suale previously been threatened. After the documentary was broadcast that a bomb placed under the Ghanaian football association, distributed member of parliament Kennedy Agyapong photos of the investigative journalist, with the announcement that he the people would pay him in each other and wanted to save.

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