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State-owned newspaper photographer assaulted

(MFWA/IFEX) - Rockson Asmah, a senior photographer with the state-owned "Daily Graphic" newspaper, was on 3 June 2010 assaulted at the premises of the Accra District Juvenile Court by a 39 year-old businesswoman, Celestine Owusu.

A photograph of Asmah in the 4 June issue of the "Daily Graphic" showed the maltreated photographer looking depressed and wearing the torn shirt and singlet destroyed by the businesswoman.

Celestine Owusu, who is at the centre of a controversy over a six-month old baby, also forced Asmah to delete the photos he had taken.

In an interview with Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Asmah said he was at the court premises when he heard Owusu asking him to take photographs of her. He obliged, only to have Owusu pounce on him.

Asmah said Owusu's family joined in the attack, but were stopped by police officers present at the scene. Asmah was taken into protective custody for about 45 minutes in the chambers of the judge presiding over the woman's case. He has since filed a complaint with the Accra Central Police station.

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