The International Federation of Journalists has today condemned the
police attack against a freelance journalist Noel Tadegnon in Togo who was assaulted
by security forces and had his camera confiscated.
« We strongly condemn the attack against journalist Noël Tadegnon
and call on the police to give back his working equipment. We also urge the
authorities in Togo to thoroughly investigate the case so as to hold those
responsible for this aggression accountable, » said Gabriel Baglo, Director of
IFJ Africa Office.
The victim Noel Tadegnon who works for Reuters
Television and TV7 witnesses that on April 27th he was covering in Lomé a
demonstration organized by the members of the association « Sauvons le
Togo/Save Togo » as part of the celebrations of the Independence Day. A
police chief asked him why he was only shooting the police.
“I said I was not only
filming police. The chief ordered to confiscate my camera. I then was pulled in
by police. I had head injury after a hard knock out. I fell unconscious. When I
regain consciousness, I realized that my camera disappeared. Two
colleagues brought me to the hospital where prescription for medicine was
issued after a scan operation. I stayed there for two days before being freed,
but I still suffer from headache,” explains Tadegnon.
“We condemn this situation which put journalists’ security and press
freedom to the test. Government and security forces must protect journalists
while on assignment,” said Crédo Tetteh, Secretary General of the Union of
Independent Journalists of Togo (USIT in French) an IFJ affiliate.
UJIT and National council of media managers met with authorities of
Ministry for Civilian Safety, Police and High Authority for Communication and
Audiovisual to protest against this attack.
The IFJ calls on the Togolese authorities to sensitize the police on the
role of the media in order to put an end to the violence against journalists in
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