Fabrice Tété, a correspondent of privately-owned Le Temps newspaper was on May 2, 2014, brutalized by the bodyguard of Pascal Affi N’guessan, Chairman of the opposition Ivorian Popular Front party,.
MFWA’s correspondent in the country reported that Tété had gone to the residence of N’guessan at Bongouanou in the Central-Eastern region, where other journalists had also been invited to commemorate World Press Freedom Day.
The bodyguard whose name is unknown is reported to have charged and manhandled Tete on seeing him at the event. Tété sustained bruises on his head and foot. He was spared only after some party members who were also at the gathering came to his rescue.
The MFWA condemns this attack on the journalist and calls on the police to investigate the matter and bring the bodyguard to book. We also urge event organizers to ensure the safety of journalists invited to events.
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