A Canadian journalist, Robert McKee attached to the Eastern Radio FM 101.9 in Kenema, was on Wednesday assaulted at the city centre by one Foday Koroma, a popular photographer said to be an SLPP supporter.
McKee was part of the journalists’ team that was covering the visit of leaders of the All People’s Congress (APC), Ernest Bai Koroma, and the People’s Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC), Charles Margai.
The convoy of the two leaders moved through Blama Road, Hangha Road, Humunya Avenue, Hangha Road, Koroma Street, Sumaila Street and unto the Kenema football field where hundreds of supporters were addressed by both leaders.
According to Philip Koroma, a journalist attached to the Eastern Radio and who was with Robert McKee, after the occasion McKee was still filming the moving crowd when some young men from the SLPP office came out and tried to remove his camera from the tripod.
But McKee held on to it while Foday Koroma assaulted him and removed the camera from him.
An operations officer at the Kenema police, Morie Kamara, appeared on the scene and retrieved the camera from the assaulting SLPP supporter and handed it back to the journalist.
McKee then went to the police and formally reported the matter.
He was issued with a medical paper and later went to the hospital. The police in Kenema are still investigating the matter.