Liberia ALERT: Newspaper journalist assaulted

Peter Fahn, reporter of the state-owned New Liberia newspaper was reportedly assaulted by state security officials deployed at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Stadium in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia.

According to colleagues of Fahn, one of the assailants, Ansu Johnson, who is a presidential guard, slapped the journalist twice and hit him in the chest after he attempted entering the Stadium to cover an ECOWAS regional conference being held there.

The security personnel assaulted Fahn though he showed his accreditation and identity cards to them. However, the security authorities denied the assault on the journalist.

A director of the security service, Dominic Peters, said the journalist was only shoved aside for breaching protocol procedure, after reporting late to the function.

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