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Ghana: MFWA condemns attack on Ghanaian journalist

Dakar, Senegal - The Accra-based rights body, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), has strongly condemned an attack on Geoffrey Buta, a Ghanaian journalist working for the state-owned newspaper, The Ghanaian Times.

MFWA in a statement, said the journalist was assaulted by a military man in Tamale, in the Northern Region of Ghana while attending a press conference.

The military man who was identified as Boam was said to have destroyed the journalist's camera and seized his Samsung Tab.

'The MFWA strongly condemns this attack and demands that the Military High Command takes appropriate action against Boam and caution their men to refrain from attacking journalists when they are discharging their professional duties,' the statement noted.

According to MFWA, Buta had attended a press conference organised by the Police to brief journalists about some clashes that took place between some youth believed to be from the ruling National Democratic Congress and the main opposition party, New Patriotic Party.

While at the press conference, Buta saw a confrontation between some military personnel and youth nearby and decided to go and take pictures.

A member of the military personnel who was only identified as Boam without any warning then reportedly charged at Buta, assaulted him, destroyed his camera and seized his Samsung Tab.

“He just walked straight to me and started demanding my camera. So while I tried to resist, he hit my hands with a stick. My camera lens got destroyed in the process and then he took the camera,' the journalist told MFWA.

One Lt. Tamakloe who was leading the military personnel reportedly assured the journalist to get his Samsung tab back but could not make any assurances about his camera that had been destroyed by the soldier.

Pana 19/03/2014