Freedom of Speech Journalist kneels down in the sun for 3 hours after criticising chiefs

The paramount chief of the area, Omanhene Tetre Akuamoah Sekyim instructed Larry Saint to kneel and later handed him over to the police.

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A local journalist with Rivers FM at Wassa Akropong in the Western Region was subjected to a rather demeaning treatment by the traditional authorities of the community after he criticized them for not doing enough to secure the interest of youth in the area.

The paramount chief of the area, Omanhene Tetre Akuamoah Sekyim instructed Larry Saint to kneel in the sun for over three hours as punishment for expressing his views.

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The humiliated journalist was subsequently handed over to the police apparently for prosecution. However, Larry Saint has been released pending police’s next line of action.

The weird event happened following a demonstration by the youth of Wassa Akropong demanding that a Chinese national, Jiang Gen Hai, be handed to them for instant justice after he allegedly shot and killed an indigene last Friday.

It was a herculean task for the Police to protect Mr. Hai and other Chinese nationals who were then hiding in a room.

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It took the intervention of Western Region Police Commander, DCOP Kwesi Duku, to bring the chaotic situation under control.

Larry Saint is said to have posted a voice note on a Whatsapp platform for journalists that the chiefs were not doing enough to ensure the safety of the youth of the area against abuse by the Chinese.

It is unclear how the voice reached the chiefs and they were completely unhappy about Larry's comments.

Larry narrated that “I was called by my manager to accompany him to the palace because the Chief has summoned us. So I went with my manager and when the Omanhene came he said he has got a tape to play for us and after that, he is going to take a decision.

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“So he set up a PA address system and he asked if it was my voice, I said yes, and he asked me to kneel down on the tiles. So I knelt. After a while he asked me to get up and go into the sun.”

The poor journalist has since been receiving messages of threats on his life, but he says he cannot leave the town for fear of violating the directive of police.

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