In the year marking the 50th anniversary of
independence, the Togolese press is suffering from an obvious malaise—a
malaise perceived by the informed citizen and not by communications professionals
themselves. This malaise transpires in the daily practice of journalism through
the lack of professionalism. If elsewhere the media is stifled under the heel of
Your Excellencies: As you gather in Paris for festivities that celebrate your nations’ 50 years of independence, we, the undersigned African press freedom advocates petition for your public commitment to a free, vibrant, and self-sustaining press as a cornerstone of the development of francophone Africa in the next five decades.
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