Ghana / Africa

Journalists attacked in Ghana since 1992

  
Ghana police officials receive technology

US, UK, Interpol give Ghana phone hacking tools, raising journalist concerns on safety and confidentiality

In May 2019, senior members of Ghana’s law enforcement posed for photos with the U.S. ambassador to their country at a ceremony in the capital, Accra. Between them they held boxes and bags, gifts from the U.S. government to Ghana which, according to one of the recipients, contained Israeli phone hacking technology. That recipient was…

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In Ghana, private individuals threaten 1 journalist, police harass 2 others

Abuja, July 2, 2020 — Authorities in Ghana should investigate the recent threats to and harassment of journalists Emmanuel Ohene-Gyan, Rebecca Asheley Amarh, and Philip Akutey Azu and ensure their safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On June 12, Ohene-Gyan, an editor with the privately-owned radio broadcaster Empire FM, reported that Kobina Kurentsir…

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A security guard wears a mask as a protective measure against COVID-19 disease in Accra, Ghana, on April 4, 2020. Soldiers enforcing restrictions related to the pandemic assaulted journalists in two separate incidents. (Nipah Dennis/AFP)

In Ghana, soldiers enforcing COVID-19 restrictions attack 2 journalists

Abuja, Nigeria, April 16, 2020 — Ghana’s military should investigate the recent attacks on the press by soldiers and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Police officers are seen in Accra, Ghana, on March 28, 2018. Police recently arrested Radio Tongu director Bestway Zottor, and authorities suspended the station's broadcast license. (Reuters/Francis Kokoroko)

Radio Tongu broadcaster suspended, director arrested in Ghana

Abuja, Nigeria, March 11, 2020 — Ghanaian authorities should lift the suspension on broadcaster Radio Tongu and drop the police investigation against journalist Bestway Zottor, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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A police officer is seen in Accra, Ghana, on March 28, 2018. Modern Ghana editor Emmanuel Ajarfor and reporter Emmanuel Britwum were recently arrested, and Ajarfor was allegedly tortured by security forces, in Accra. (Reuters/Francis Kokoroko)

Two Ghanaian journalists arrested and interrogated, one allegedly tortured in custody

New York, July 9, 2019 — Ghana’s Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice should immediately launch an independent investigation into the arrests of Modern Ghana editor Emmanuel Ajarfor Abugri and reporter Emmanuel Yeboah Britwum and security forces’ alleged torture of Abugri, and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Police officers are seen in Ghana's capital, Accra, on March 28, 2018. Several officers were recently suspended in Accra after allegedly assaulting reporters from the local Ghanaian Times. (Francis Kokoroko/Reuters)

Ghanaian police beat, arrest journalist Malik Sullemana

Dakar, Senegal, March 21, 2019 — Authorities in Ghana should hold to account the police officers responsible for beating journalist Malik Sullemana, ensure a thorough investigation into their actions, and protect the safety of the press during interactions with police, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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The Independence Arch is pictured in Accra, Ghana. Authorities have failed to hold anyone to account in recent attacks on journalists. (CPJ/Jonathan Rozen)

Ghana won’t have press freedom without accountability

Three bullets, fired at close range by two assassins on a black and blue Boxer motorbike on January 16, 2019, killed investigative journalist Ahmed Hussein-Suale Divela, according to Sammy Darko, a lawyer working on Divela’s case. Darko told CPJ over the phone that bystanders saw it happen. Ghana’s media community, international rights groups (including CPJ),…

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The Accra International Conference Centre screened a documentary by undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas in Accra, Ghana, on June 7, 2018. Ahmed Hussein Suale Divela, who was involved in the film, was murdered on January 16.

Investigative journalist Ahmed Divela shot dead in Ghana

New York, January 17, 2019–Authorities in Ghana should immediately investigate the killing of journalist Ahmed Hussein-Suale Divela and ensure that threats against the press are taken seriously, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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A newsstand in Ghana's capital, Accra, in 2016. Attackers abducted and beat a reporter for the Ghana News Agency on August 27 over his critical coverage of an opposition politician in Bawku. (AP/Sunday Alamba)

Ghanaian journalist abducted and beaten over critical story on opposition politician

New York, August 31, 2018–Ghanaian authorities should thoroughly investigate and bring to justice all those responsible for an attack on Jerry Azanduna, a reporter with the government-funded Ghana News Agency (GNA), and ensure his belongings are returned, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Latif Iddrisu, journalist with Joy FM and Joy News, at his home in Ghana's capital, Accra, on May 5, 2018. The journalist told CPJ he was attacked by police in March 2018. (CPJ/Jonathan Rozen)

Ghanaian journalist beaten by police

Latif Iddrisu, a Ghanaian broadcast journalist for the privately owned JoyFM radio station and JoyNews television channel, was beaten by a group of police officers at the criminal investigation department (CID) headquarters in the country’s capital, Accra, on March 27, 2018, the journalist told CPJ during a May 5 interview.

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