Ghana: District Official Assaults, Verbally Abuses TV Journalists

Regulation & Policy

On 26 April 2007, reporter Kojo Hayford and cameraman Lord Asante Fordjour of TV3, an independent Accra-based television station, were mistreated by Raymond Gbegoah, coordinating director of Akuapem South District Assembly in the eastern region of Ghana.

Gbegoah slapped Fordjour and insulted the two journalists before chasing them out of his office. The MFWA correspondent reported that the incident occurred at the district office, where Hayford and Fordjour had gone to interview Gbegoah about a mountain of refuse at a market in Nsawam, the district capital.

Gbegoah, who was outraged by the filming of the garbage, accused the journalists of having bad motives and insinuated that the filming of the refuse was intended to ridicule his administration and bring the image of the district into disrepute. It was learned that, immediately following the incident, Gbegoah dispatched a team to remove the refuse.

Media Foundation for West Africa, Accra, 27 April 2007