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Commonwealth Games: Australia deports 50 Ghanaian journalists

Deputy Minister of Sports: Pius Enam Hadzide

The Ghanaian Government says it will investigate the deportation of about 50 journalists, who are billed to cover the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, APA has learnt here on Tuesday.Reports say that about 50 Ghanaian journalists, who are in Australia to cover the Commonwealth games, which begin on Wednesday are being deported.

The report by Starr News indicated that the Australian authorities are not convinced by their reasons for travelling to the country, although those affected claim to be Journalists to cover the event for their various media houses in Ghana.

Even though those deported have genuine visas, many didn’t have recorders and recommended mobile phones for the coverage, which raised suspicion among the Australian authorities.

Ghana’s Deputy Sports Minister Pious Enam Hadzide told Starr News in Accra that the Australian authorities were not sure that the Ghanaians would return after the games and that the grant of visa or entry permit was not automatic.

He noted that the Australian authorities did some further investigations and based on their investigations the officials were not convinced that some of the Ghanaians, who are purported to cover the Commonwealth Games will return to Ghana after the games.

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