TV Reporter Assaulted While Investigating Encroachment on Public Land

A reporter for TV3, a top television network in Accra, has been attacked by some unidentified individuals, while on assignment at Teshie, a suburb of the Ghanaian capital.

The victim, Myepaul Sowah was part of a three-man crew including Richmond Tanoh (cameraman) and Peter Asare (driver), which went to investigate reports of encroachment on a piece of public land at the Ramseyer area of Teshie, on July 2, 2017.

Thomas Kpakpo, Assignments Editor of TV3, told MFWA that the journalists were in the process of filming the site when a group of young men emerged and beckoned them from a distance. He said the abrasive tone of the men alerted the crew that they could be violent, and so the cameraman kept his distance to secure his equipment, while the reporter approached them.

True to their fears, the thugs held Sowah by the scruff of the neck and questioned him about what he was doing on the land.

“They shook the reporter violently, pushed him on to the ground and pinned him down, while ranting and swearing at him,” the editor narrated.

Kpakpo said while the assault was going on, the cameraman and driver sped off in the official car to the Teshie Police Station to report the incident.

According to Kpakpo, Sowah eventually escaped with scratches on his neck and bruises on his arm.

Police are said to be investigating the incident.

The MFWA strongly condemns the assault on the TV3 reporter. We urge the police to do everything in its power to track down and prosecute the assailants in order to deter future perpetrators.

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