Ghana ALERT: State-owned newspaper photographer assaulted

Rockson Asmah, a senior photographer of the state-owned Daily Graphicnewspaper was assaulted at the premises of the Accra District Juvenile Court by a 39 year-old business woman, Celestine Owusu.

A photograph of Asmah in the June 4 issue of the Daily Graphic showed the maltreated photographer looking depressed and wearing the torn shirt and singlet destroyed by the businesswoman.

Celestine Owusu, who was at the centre of a controversy over a six-month old baby, also forced Asmah to delete the photos he had taken.

In an interview with Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Asmah said, he was at the court premises, when he heard Celestine Owusu asking him to take photographs of her. He obliged only for the woman to pounce on him.

Asmah said the family members of Owusu joined in the attack, but were prevented by the police personnel present. He was taken into protective custody, for about 45 minutes, at the chamber of the judge presiding over the woman’s case.

He filed a complaint at the Accra Central Police station.

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