On Thursday, March 14, 2019, 10 security officers assaulted three reporters of the state-owned Ghanaian Times newspaper who were on their way cover some events in Accra.
Malik Sullemana, a court reporter; Raissa Sambou, a general reporter; and Salifu Abdul Rahman, an assistant editor, were physically brutalized by nine policemen and a military officer. The incident attracted widespread condemnations against the security officers and solidarity with the journalists from many interest groups, civil society, the media and the general public, prompting the leadership of the Ghana Police Service to respond by interdicting three of the police officers and arraigning one of them before the courts.
This policy brief, researched and written by Dora B. Mawutor, Programme Manager for Institutional Development, analyses media reports following the assault of the journalists and make key recommendations to improving the safety of journalists’ situation in Ghana.
Read the full policy brief here.