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List of some journalists who have been attacked by police, military

No single security person has been prosecuted for the unwarranted attacks on more than 20 journalists and media employees since 2006.

In most cases, however, no compensation is paid, while the security organisation involved promises to offer better working relations with the media.

What all these assault cases have in common is the fact that these cases were never taken serious and apologies were just made without proper prosecution.

1. Victor Kwawukume Daily Graphic’s Victor Kwawukume lost his sense of smell as a result of being beaten by the Ho Police while covering a swoop on criminals.

2. Latif Iddrisu Latif Iddrisu, a journalist with the Multimedia Group, was left with a fractured skull after the police was brutally assaulted him in front of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Headquarters in Accra.

He was reporting on a protest by some members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) against the detention of the then Deputy General Secretary of the party, Mr Koku Anyidoho in July 2018.

3. Gifty Lawson Gifty Lawson, a photojournalist with the Daily Guide, in 2012 was assaulted when she was covering the cocaine-turned-soda case which led to the dismissal of Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mrs Gifty Tehoda, who was later reinstated after winning a suit against her dismissal.

4. Geoffrey Buta A photojournalist with the Ghanaian Times, Geoffrey Buta, was beaten in Tamale in March 2014 for trying to take a picture of a confrontation between some military personnel and some youth of the area.

5. Nii Martey Botchway Nii Martey Botchway, photojournalist of the Graphic Communications Group Limited was assaulted in 2013 at the Black Star square.

6. Vincent Dzatse Vincent Dzatse of the New Times Corporation was assaulted by military men during Independence Day celebrations at the Black Star Square in Accra in 2013.

7. Christopher Serlom Adzivor of The Independent,

8. Samuel Ebo Bartels, of Citi FM

9. Anas Aremeyaw Anas of Crusading Guide;

10. Halifax Ansah-Addo of Daily Guide;

11. Erastus Asare Donkor of Luv FM.

12. Muftaw Mohammed of Metro FM;

13. Ebenezer Kwame Abaka of TV3;

14. James Fordjour of Star FM

15. Patrick Nti of Star FM

16. Edgar Appiah, Station Manager of Star FM

17. Kendrick Ofei, a freelance journalist.

18. Nana Adu Kyei Danso of Skky Power

19. Christopher Kevin Asima of A1 radio Last Thursday, March 14, 2019 a group of police officers assaulted some journalists

20. Malik Sulemana, a reporter with the New Times Corporation was assaulted and arrested despite being hurt.

21. Salifu Abdul-Rahman, Senior Assistant Editor, at Ghanaian Times was also assaulted in the Thursday, March 14, 2019 incident.

22. Raissa Sambo, a nursing mother, and a reporter with the Ghanaian times ended up on admission at the Greater Accra Regional Hospital after she was punched in the abdomen which prior to the incident had been stitched as a result of a Cesarean section.

Source: YEN

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