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Newspaper reporter attacked

(MFWA/IFEX) - Jos Garneo Cephas, a reporter with the "Daily Guide", a privately-owned Accra-based newspaper, was reportedly assaulted on January 22, 2010 at a magistrate court in Accra for photographing five military personnel standing trial for murder.

Cephas told Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) that his assailants, two security personnel and ten other persons believed to be family members of the suspects, assaulted him after they had failed to seize his camera.

The journalist met his ordeal outside the court yard after he had been prevented from taking shots of the suspects. On seeing him take the shots, his assailants rained blows on him and tore his shirt. He was saved from further attack by a lawyer who whisked him away in a taxi cab. "After my escape, I was sick for days and had to seek medical attention," said Cephas.

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