On-air attack on journalist must be investigated – Ghana

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Ghana’s Ministry of Information has called for an investigation into an attack on a journalist on live radio, while condemning the act and promising swift action by police in future.

Abubakari Sadiq Gariba, a broadcaster at Dagbon FM in the northern city of Tamale, was on air on Wednesday when two men stormed into the studio and seized him by the neck.

They threatened to slap him if he made any comment. The presenter then walked out of the studio with the two attackers.

Gariba has told the BBC he is fine, but a heated argument continued outside the studio. He said one of the men was a regular panellist on his show.

The man, a local politician, was upset about Gariba’s perceived criticism of his view on a chieftaincy dispute in the area, according to the presenter.

The Ghana Journalist Association has condemned the attack and made a complaint to the police.

Source: BBC