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Journalist William Jalulah assaulted by ruling party supporters

(MFWA/IFEX) - On 11 April 2009, William Jalulah, the Upper East regional correspondent of the Accra-based "The Chronicle" newspaper, was violently assaulted by supporters of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) for photographing a violent attack.

The party supporters also destroyed his digital camera.

Media Foundation for West Africa's (MFWA) correspondent reported that the incident occurred in the Nabdam constituency, where the party was celebrating the victory of the incumbent Member of Parliament, Moses Asaga. Jalulah and other journalists had been invited to cover the event.

According to Jalulah, the NDC supporters assaulted him while he was photographing an attack on a man wearing the shirt of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP).

The MFWA correspondent said about 15 persons pounced on the reporter and kicked him several times. He fell down in the process, resulting in the damage of his camera.

The colleagues of the journalist rescued him and took him to the Bolgatanga Hospital, where he was treated and discharged. Meanwhile the Upper East Regional Police command has launched an investigation into the matter.

The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has condemned the attack and is demanding the prosecution of the supporters after police investigations.

The Nabdam NDC has apologised to the journalist.

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