Ghana ALERT: Policeman attacks TV cameraman

Ignatius Kwame Adjaho, a cameraman of an Accra-based independent TV3 Network , was on February 7, 2011 attacked by a policeman at Nsawam, a town in the Eastern Region of Ghana, about 40 km northwest from the capital, Accra.

The armed policeman who was not wearing an identification tag roughed up Adjaho and tore his shirt.

A colleague of Adjaho told Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) that they have gone to the area to investigate the conditions of the roads. Whilst filming the road, the said policeman confronted him and claimed the cameraman was filming him for a reason she said “was best know to him”.

MFWA considers the incessant harassment and physical attacks in Ghana on journalists as regrettable manifestations of intolerance of the media by the some police personnel. There have been several attacks on the media by the police. A recent example is an attack on Issah Murtala Kpambe, a correspondent of state-owned Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) who was arrested and detained at a polling station in the Northern Regional capital on December 30, 2010, while covering the last District Assembly Election.

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