Emmanuel Millimono and Miss Aissatou Diakité, reporters of privately-owned Soleil FM and Espace FM respectively, on August 31, 2012, were manhandled by police officers drawn from the Guinean anti-riot police unit. The Media Foundation for West Africa’s (MFWA) correspondent reported that the assault on the journalists occurred while covering a protest rally organized by some people against the recent spate of police brutality and violence.
The two journalists, who had their clothes torn and recording equipment destroyed by the officers, were later detained at a Divisional Police Station in Nongo, a district in Conakry, the capital. According to the correspondent, the police officers took offence at their presence, insulted, threatened and arrested the journalists. They were, however, released after spending three hours in detention upon the intervention of a senior police officer.
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