Senegal: MFWA condemns police officers in Ghana for assaulting, detaining journalist

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has condemned police officers in Ghana for assaulting and detaining journalist Fred Sarpong of Daily Express newspaper, for taking pictures of a policeman who was allegedly receiving bribe from a bus driver.

In a statement obtained by PANA in Dakar on Thursday, MFWA condemned the wanton attack and arbitrary detention of Sarpong saying: ''We call on the police authorities to sanction the officers involved in the abuse of the rights of the journalist.''

According to the press freedom watchdog, the incident occurred at Tesano in Accra on 5 September 2016.

''Raphael Apetorgbor, Sarpong’s colleague who witnessed the incident, said they saw a bus driver in a pleading posture before a motor traffic policeman.

"According to Apetorgbor, due to public perception that such encounters between drivers and policemen often result in the policemen taking a bribe, Sarpong therefore got his camera ready to take a picture in case that happens,'' the statement noted.

He was however unlucky as other police officers at the scene, noticed Sarpong trying to take a picture.

MFWA said the police officers assaulted the journalist and whisked him to the Tesano police station where he was detained for hours and later released after the incident was widely publicised.

-0- PANA MLJ/AR 8Sept2016

08 september 2016 16:59:17

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