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Journalist arrested, physically assaulted by gendarmes

(MFWA/IFEX) - Bernard Oyekou, a cameraman of the privately-owned Le Gazette du Golfe media group was on 4 December 2007 arrested and physically assaulted by gendarmes at Ikpinle, Oueme, about 100 kilometres South-East of Cotonou, the capital of Benin.

A Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) correspondent reported that Oyekou was arrested while covering a demonstration organised by members of a Regional Cooperative Union for Rural Development.

After his arrest, Oyekou was sent to the Pobè gendarmerie camp in Oueme, where he was beaten and his camera seized.

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