Ghana ALERT: Newspaper editor in detention

Prince Prah, editor of the DAYBREAK, an Accra-based weekly newspaper, is being held at the Greater Accra Regional office of the Bureau of National Investigations, (BNI), since his arrest at about 15 hours GMT on March 16, 2011.

Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) sources reported that Prah has refused to answer questions from his interrogators since he has no access to his counsel.

Although there are no official reasons for his arrest and subsequent detention, the sources said it might be due to a story that the newspaper published on December 15 and headlined:Going! Going!!…Chief Of Defence Staff On His Way Out? In which the newspaper alleged that its sources at the presidency had reliably informed them that there would be a massive shake-up at the top hierarchy of the military, which would affect Lieutenant General Peter Augustine Blay, Ghana ’s Chief of Defence Staff.

The MFWA condemns the arrest and subsequent detention of the editor and demands his immediate release

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