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Palace official destroys journalist's camera, orders him to leave premises

(MFWA/IFEX) - A digital camera belonging to Fred J. A. Ibrahim, a Kumasi correspondent of the "Daily Guide", a privately-owned Accra-based newspaper, was destroyed on 11 January 2008 by Yaw Amankwah, a photographer of Manhyia Palace, the official seat of the Asante Kingdom.

A furious Amankwah insulted the journalist, seized his camera and ordered him to leave the premises since "the Palace does not need any media coverage".

The Media Foundation for West Africa's (MFWA) correspondent reported that the "Daily Guide" correspondent at the Manyhia Palace was covering an activity involving important dignitaries including Ghanaian President J.A. Kufuor.

Ibrahim said the Palace Public Relations Officer later came to his rescue and retrieved the camera from Amankwah who had already destroyed it, in an attempt to remove the memory chip.

The "Daily Guide" newspaper in its 18 January edition, reported that "for some time now, the Palace has become a no go area for journalists", alleging that journalists covering the Manhyia Palace have been treated with contempt by some officials of the Palace in recent times.

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