Attacks on the Press in 2007 - Snapshots: Ghana
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||February 2008|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Attacks on the Press in 2007 - Snapshots: Ghana, February 2008, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/47c56787c.html [accessed 20 October 2014]|
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In January, investigative reporter Henry Addo and a driver for the private Metropolitan Television station were attacked by a dozen men guarding a disputed property in a suburb of the capital, Accra, according to the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA). The guards attacked Addo while he filmed a mechanic's shop, seizing his digital camera and vandalizing a station vehicle, according to the same source. Several arrests were made.
On the evening of February 9, award-winning editor Samuel Kwabena Ennin of private radio station Ashh FM was gunned down by two unknown attackers in a bar near the station's offices in the central town of Kumasi. The assailants held patrons at gunpoint and collected mobile phones before escaping in an unmarked vehicle. In April, police announced the arrests of two suspects and said robbery had been the motive, according to Radio Ghana. CPJ inquiries did not find any evidence to suggest a link between the killing and Ennin's work as the host of a morning news talk show.
Buertey Shadai, a photographer for the private biweekly Hearts News, suffered head injuries in March after angry soccer fans in the mining town of Obuasi pelted him with stones following a match, according to the MFWA. The fans, irate over a late goal by their opponents, seized and destroyed Shadai's camera, claiming he had photographed some "nasty incidents" in the crowd.