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Journalist assaulted by MP's aide

(MFWA/IFEX) - On 1 November 2008, Eric Amoh, a reporter for Ghana News Agency (GNA), a state-owned news wire service, was allegedly assaulted by Martin Ako, an aide to the Member of Parliament for Navrongo Central, Kofi Adda.

Media Foundation for West Africa's (MFWA) correspondent reported that the aide slapped Amoh and rained blows on him, following his narration of a brawl between Adda and an aide to Vice President Alhaji Aliu Mahama, at a rally in Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region of Ghana.

The MP who is seeking re-election on the ticket of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) had accused Mahama of working against his interests. This accusation led to a confrontation between Adda and the Vice-President's aide. Amoh, who was an eye-witness, was narrating the incident to other journalists, when Adda's aide pounced on him.

Another journalist, A. I. Mohammed of the state-owned "Ghanaian Times" newspaper, suffered injuries to his right arm, when he attempted to come to Amoh's aid.

Amoh has lodged a complaint with the police authorities who are yet to take any action.

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