Togo / Africa

  

Freelance Togolese journalist attacked in hit-and-run

Lagos, Nigeria, April 4, 2013–The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on authorities in Togo to investigate an apparently deliberate hit-and-run attack Wednesday on freelance photojournalist and videographer Koffi Djidonou Frédéric Attipou. 

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In Togo, court rejects repressive press law amendments

Lagos, Nigeria, March 21, 2013–The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes Wednesday’s ruling by Togo’s Constitutional Court to reject repressive amendments to a media law that granted the state-run media regulator sweeping powers of censorship.

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A journalist shouts at police during a peaceful sit-in to protest recent repressive amendments to a media law. (AFP/Daniel Hayduk)

In Togo, police attack journalists protesting media law

Lagos, Nigeria, March 18, 2013–Togolese police on Thursday fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse journalists protesting new censorship authority granted to the government media regulator, according to news reports and local journalists.

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: Togo

President Faure Gnassingbé and his allies used the multiple levers of power to dominate the political and media landscapes. Coverage of dissenting political views came under attack from government regulators who censored critical programming, and from security agents who violently obstructed journalists covering protests. Government regulators barred a popular current affairs call-in radio program in…

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Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters in Lomé on Thursday. (AFP/Daniel Hayduk)

In Togo protests, journalists report being targeted by police

Abuja, Nigeria, January 14, 2013–At least four journalists were reported injured by police while covering an anti-government protest in Togo’s capital, Lomé, on Thursday, according to news reports. Several of the journalists, along with local press freedom group SOS Journalistes en Danger, said police had targeted a group of reporters with tear gas and rubber…

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Togolese authorities ban radio station’s call-in programs

Lagos, Nigeria, August 10, 2012–Togo’s media regulatory body has suspended the call-in shows of a leading private radio station without giving the station an opportunity to defend itself in court, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities to immediately allow Légende FM to resume broadcasting all of its programs.

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Atayi Ayi, after the attack. (AFreePress)

Togolese reporter attacked while covering protest

Abuja, Nigeria, July 6, 2012–The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns an attack on a Togolese journalist who was trying to cover a demonstration on Monday and calls on authorities to immediately investigate and bring the perpetrators to justice. Atayi Ayi, a reporter for the daily Forum de la Semaine, was taking photographs of a protest…

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Togo must investigate, discipline security officers

New York, May 14, 2012- Togolese authorities should ensure that security forces allow journalists to do their jobs and that officers involved in acts of abuse are held to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists stated in a letter to Togo’s security minister.

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Police spray tear gas at protesters Friday at Togo's Independence Plaza. (ANC Togo)

In Togo, police assault journalists, confiscate equipment

New York, April 30, 2012–Togolese police attacked and confiscated the equipment of two journalists filming an anti-government march in the capital, Lomé, on Friday. Civil society activists and human rights advocates had gathered for the demonstration on the occasion of Togo’s 52nd Independence Day, local journalists said.

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Togolese police assault photojournalist

New York, March 7, 2012–The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in Togo to investigate a report that police assaulted a photojournalist on Friday after he took photos of officers seizing a motorcycle during a protest, according to media reports and local journalists.Koffi Djidonou Frédéric Attipou, a photojournalist with the weekly Le Canard Indépendant and the…

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