New York, March 8, 2012--Guinean authorities must
investigate and bring appropriate charges against police officers who assaulted
a journalist at the Central Bank of Guinea, the Committee to Protect
Journalists said today. Reporter Kounkou Mara suffered head and other injuries
in the attack.
Mara, a reporter for the privately owned Le Lynx, was denied entry to the Central
Bank of Guinea on February 27 despite presenting her press identity card to
officers and saying she was scheduled to interview the bank's governor, according
reports. Officials told her she posed a security threat to the bank
employees, then a commanding officer ordered her to be ejected, the journalist told
a local newspaper.