14 June 2012

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Newspaper reporter assaulted while covering demonstration


Incident details

Assault, Hospitalisation, Injury

Victor Kwawukume, Journalist

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(MFWA/IFEX) - Victor Kwawukume, a Volta Regional correspondent of the state-owned Daily Graphic newspaper, was on June 10, 2012 attacked by four policemen while covering their brutality on demonstrating residents of Anlokordzi in Ho, the regional capital.

The policemen “rushed on the reporter, gave him two heavy slaps and violently hit him on the head before seizing his camera,” said a report on the front-page of the June 11 issue of the state-owned newspaper.

Confirming the incident, Kwawukume, who is also regional President of the Ghana Journalists Association, told Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) that had it not been for the intervention of a known police officer, his assailants would have dealt with him mercilessly.

“I am feeling pains in my head as we speak now. The policemen hit my head at an exact spot where I suffered an injury in an accident a year ago. My camera was given to me at the Ho Municipal Police Station after I had been made to delete the pictures I had taken”.

Kwawukume said he has since been treated and discharged from hospital.

The angry protestors had massed up on the streets amidst tyre burning to protest the police swoop on suspected drug dealers that had resulted in the death of one of the suspects.

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