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March 31, 2011

Togo: Critical radio stations closed down with red tape excuses

Radio stations and newspapers in the capital of Togo suspended their normal activities for a day in March in protest against three radio stations having been shut down since December, report the Media Foundation for West Africa and Reporters Without Borders (RSF). Following the media group SOS Journaliste en danger's declaration of a "No Media Day", radio stations only played music on 10 March, and most newspapers, with the exception of state-owned daily "Togo Presse" and the privately-owned "... MORE
March 22, 2011

Togo: Media outlets protest to demand reopening of three radio stations

On March 10, most privately-owned radio stations and newspapers in Lome, capital of Togo, suspended their normal activities in protest against the continued closure of three radio stations since December 2010. The Media Foundation for West Africa's (MFWA) correspondent in Togo reported that while the radio stations played music throughout the day, the newspapers, with the exception of state-owned daily Togo Presse and the privately-owned Forum de la Semaine , were not on the newsstands. The... MORE
March 18, 2011

Regulatory authority closes down another radio station in Togo

Togolese authorities on March 16 closed down Radio Carré Jeunes, a community entertainment station, for an alleged "non-adherence to professional standards". The Media Foundation for West Africa's (MFWA) correspondent reported that the regulatory body, the Post and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (ART&P), which closed the station down, said it had given Radio Carré Jeunes until July 2011 to meet its requirements. This is the fourth station to be closed down by ART&P, which is... MORE
February 22, 2011

Togo: Three radio stations closed for past three months over red tape

A campaign was launched Tuesday by the National Press Owners Committee (CONAPP), the Togo Union of Independent Journalists (UJIT) and the Togolese Media Monitoring Centre (OTM) to draw attention to the plight of three privately-owned radio stations which the government closed three months ago. The three stations – Providence, Métropolys and X-Solaire – were closed by the Posts and Telecommunications Regulation Agency on November 30 on the grounds that their papers were not in order. They have... MORE
February 11, 2011

Togo: News magazine’s appeal hearing delayed, ban remains in place

The regional bimonthly Tribune d’Afrique’s appeal hearing opened Thursday in Lomé but was immediately adjourned at the request of the lawyers representing Mey Gnassingbé, the president’s half-brother and a member of the president’s office, who brought a successful libel suit against the publication last year. Accepting the claims of Mey Gnassingbé’s lawyers that they had not had enough time to prepare their case, the court ordered an adjournment until April 14, according to Paris-based press... MORE
September 7, 2010

Togo president files more defamation suits against two newspapers

Togo's President, Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé, has filed three more defamation suits against two privately-owned newspapers. Two of the suits were brought against the weekly L'Indépendant Express . This brings to three the number of cases that President Gnassingbé has launched against L'Indépendant Express since August 18. The Media Foundation for West Africa's (MFWA) correspondent in Togo reported that these latest suits (of August 30) followed two articles that L'Indépendant Express published... MORE
August 31, 2010

Togo bans paper over story on president's half-brother

A criminal court judge in Togo Wednesday last imposed an indefinite ban on the distribution of a Benin newspaper that had raised questions about the alleged involvement of a half-brother of President Faure Gnassingbé in drug trafficking. The ban on Tribune d'Afrique , a private bimonthly based in Benin that has a bureau in the Togolese capital of Lomé, was based on charges of publishing false news and defamation under the 1998 press law and the penal code. The suit was filed by Mey Gnassingbé,... MORE
August 13, 2010

France condemns Army officer who threatened Togo journalist

France condemned the behaviour of one of its own military officers on Thursday, after a video appeared online showing him threatening a Togolese press photographer in Lome, Agence France-Presse (AFP) has reported. The officer, a serving French colonel employed by the foreign ministry as an advisor to the Togolese military, is seen ordering the journalist to erase pictures from his camera and ordering Togolese police to arrest him. "Do you want someone to strike your camera, or what?" he demands... MORE