Guinea ALERT: Journalist attacked by presidential guard

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Lansana Babara Camara, a reporter of La Guinée Actuelle, a privately-owned newspaper was on August 24, 2008 violently assaulted by a member of the Autonomous Presidential Security Battalion (BASP), the presidential guard of Guinean President Lansana Conté in Kindia, a suburb of Conakry the capital.

The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) correspondent reported that the attack left the journalist unconscious. He bled profusely and his face was swollen.

The correspondent said a number of personnel of BASP were in the area where Camara and his colleagues had gone to cover an assignment. When, he inquired from one of the officers whether the president was around the area, one guard became furious at the question and attacked him.

The guard took away Camara’s working equipment and fled.

The journalist was treated and discharged at Kindia hospital.

Media Foundation for West Africa