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Cameraman detained briefly, his film destroyed

(MFWA/IFEX) - On 29 December 2008, freelance cameraman Alpha Bah was arrested and detained briefly at Alpha Yaya Diallo Camp in Conakry by a member of the ruling National Council for Democracy and Development (CNDD) for allegedly working against the interests of the regime.

According to the officer, Bah was a "saboteur who wanted to paint a bad image of the regime to the international community."

The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA)'s correspondent reported that Bah had gone to the camp to cover a news conference held by the leader of the military junta, Captain Moussa Dadis Camara. Prior to the conference, the cameraman reportedly filmed a boy who had been seriously wounded as a result of a stray bullet. Outraged by the filming, the officer arrested the journalist and sent him to Lieutenant Claude Piri, who seized the journalist's camera and destroyed the film.

Bah was confined to a corner of the camp but managed to escape.

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