Sierra Leone ALERT: Police violently assault radio journalist

Allieu Sesay, a broadcast journalist working with Freetown-based Radio Democracy,was reportedly assaulted on January 15, 2012 and briefly detained by some policemen drawn from the Operation Support Division (OSD) of the Sierra Leonean police. Sesay met his ordeal when covering the arrest of Aziz Carew, a constituency chairman of the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) at his Fourah Bay home in the east of the capital Freetown. This was after a bye- election which resulted in violence.

Media Foundation for West Africa’s (MFWA) correspondent reported that the police accused the journalist of obstructing their (police)’s work.

“Thank God for the timely intervention of my boss at Radio Democracy, Asmaa James and President of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists, Umaru Fofana, who asked for my release. I am sick now,” Sesay told the correspondent. For more

For more information please contact:

Kwame Karikari (Prof)

Executive Director

MFWA

Accra

Tel: 233-30-22 4 24 70

Fax: 233-302-22 10 84

Email: mfwa@africaonline.com.gh, alerts@mediafound.org

Website: www.mediafound.org

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