8 October 2012

Togo: The IFJ Condemns Police Violence Against Journalist in Togo

press release

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has condemned today the violence inflicted upon a journalist by security forces in Togo on Friday 5 October.

"We call on the authorities to seriously investigate the case in order to make the security forces understand that their role is to maintain citizens' security, and not to attack journalists," said Gabriel Baglo, IFJ Africa Director.

According to Independent Journalists Union in Togo (UJIT in French), an IFJ affiliate, journalist Justin Anani was attacked by security forces while covering a protest march organized by two opposition groups, the "Collectif Sauvons le Togo" and "Mouvement Arc-en ciel" in the capital Lomé.

UJIT and the "Conseil National des Patrons de Presse, CONAPP" the association of media publishers, both condemned the incident.

For more information, please contact IFJ: +221 33 867 95 86

The IFJ represents over 600.000 journalists in 134 countries.

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