Over 50 Ghanaian ‘journalists’ face deportation in Australia

Over 50 Ghanaian ‘journalists’ face deportation in Australia

- The Ghanaians are being deported although they have genuine visas and all travel documents

- The Australian authorities say they are not sure the 50 'Journalists' will return to Ghana after the games

Over 50 Ghanaians who were in Australia for the upcoming Commonwealth games which starts Wednesday April 4, are currently faced with deportation.

According to the Government of Ghana, it will launch investigations into the deportation case.

Reports say many of the Ghanaians claimed to be journalists sent by their various media houses to cover the Commonwealth games.

Over 50 Ghanaian ‘journalists’ face deportation in Australia

Some of the affected ‘journalists’

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However, the Australian authorities say they are not convinced by their reasons for traveling to the country though those affected claim to be Journalists.

The Australian authorities argue that although over 50 Ghanaians who are currently faced with the deportation exercise had genuine visas, many didn’t carry with them equipment like recorders and recommended mobile phones for coverage.

The deputy Sports Minister, Pious Enam Hadidze, speaking to Starr FM in on Tuesday morning, said that the Australian authorities are not sure the Ghanaians will return after the games.

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“The explanation is that a grant of visa or entry permit is not automatic and that at the point of entry, the Australian authorities do some further investigations and so based on those investigations some of the officials are not convinced that some of the Ghanaians who purport to go and cover the Commonwealth games intend to return after the games,” Mr Hadidze said.

The deputy minister in his conversation revealed that government did not facilitate the travel arrangements of the said Ghanaian journalists who are being deported.

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