Police manhandle, arrest journalist in Ghana
Police officers in 'Wa', the capital of Upper West region of Ghana,
allegedly manhandled and detained James Donkor, a journalist with 'Radio
Progress', a community radio, for taking a photograph of a man the po
licemen had allegedly tied to an electric pole, the sub-regional rights
body, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), said Friday.
According to MFWA, the incident happened at the 'Wa Polytechnic' where the
journalist had gone to cover a function.
'One of the policemen pushed me, when I enquired about the treatment that
was being meted out to the young man,' Donkor told the sub-regional rights
The journalist was later physically assaulted, subjected to rigorous
bodily search and handcuffed before being detained in a police cell for
about two and half hours.
Ghana Journalist Association called the arrest, handcuffing and detention
of Don kor by the police as 'unfortunate, unprofessional and a breach of
his fundament al human right and of Freedom of the Press.'
Meanwhile, Mahmud Khalid, the Regional Minster, reportedly condemned the
attack on the journalist and ordered investigations.
Dakar - 13/11/2009
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