Authorities censor foreign correspondents

first_imgNews Togolese authorities urged to lift newspaper’s four-month suspension TogoAfrica Receive email alerts to go further Organisation March 8, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Togo court upholds “baseless and disproportionate” newspaper closures TogoAfrica center_img According to information collected by Reporters Without Borders, on 26 March 2003, the Communications Ministry’s press attaché informed all foreigncorrespondents, including those with Radio France Internationale, AgenceFrance-Presse, Reuters and the BBC, that the minister was barring them frompracticing their jobs “until further notice.” With the exception of thecorrespondent for Africa No. 1 radio, the authorities fault the journalistsfor not covering a forum on African elections, which opened in Lomé on 24March. The foreign correspondents had not found interesting issues to coverat the opening of the forum. Several journalists said they had decided towait until the end of the conference and the likely adoption of resolutionsbefore covering the event.”This is a reactionary measure from another era. It has been years since wesaw a government censor the entire foreign press corps. The Togoleseauthorities have once again demonstrated how imaginative they are when itcomes to attacking the press,” said Reporters Without Borders’ Secretary-General Robert Ménard. The organisation has urged the communications minister not to apply this measure and to allow foreign correspondents to work without impediment.According to one correspondent from an international news agency who spoketo Reporters Without Borders, if this new measure is enforced, it could seriously compromise journalists’ ability to do their jobs. For example, they might be prevented access to official meetings or no longer be invited to attend government or other officials’ press conferences.Reporters Without Borders recalls that Togolese President Gnassingbé Eyadéma is included on the organisation’s list of international press freedom predators. March 31, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities censor foreign correspondents Follow the news on Togo March 11, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en News Convicting “petrolgate” journalist of defamation would be disastrous, RSF says September 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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