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Sports journalists Rashidatu Kadiri, Dorcas Oparibea assaulted by police officer

(MFWA/IFEX) - On 11February 2009, Rashidatu Kadiri of Atlantis Radio and Dorcas Oparibea of Top Radio were assaulted by a policeman at the Ohene Djan Sports Stadium in Accra, while they were covering a mid-week league game between Accra Hearts of Oak and Ashantigold.

The policeman allegedly held Oparibea's breast and pushed her to the ground.

Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) reported that the two female sports journalists together with their male colleagues were at the entrance of the dressing room when the policeman ordered them to leave the place.

Kadiri told MFWA that the policeman discriminated against them by not allowing them to get access to the players, even though they produced their identity cards. The policeman allegedly shoved the two female journalists to the ground.

Accra Hearts of Oak's team manager, Sabahm Quaye, has condemned the act of the policeman and said the matter will be investigated and recommendations made to the appropriate police command.

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