Many subjects off limits

The Togolese media landscape is very diverse, thanks to the emergence of independent privately-owned media. The relative importance of newspapers and radio stations in this small country is nonetheless offset by the predominance of state media and the government’s control of information, especially online. Some Togolese media outlets found that access to their websites was being restricted when the 2015 election results were announced. Fearing violence, which increases during elections, journalists tend to censor themselves on subjects such as corruption, the army, the President, and the President’s family. Concern about media freedom in Togo increased when a new penal code criminalizing media offenses was unveiled in late 2015, and when gendarmes arrested and tortured Robert Avotor, a reporter for the L’Alternative newspaper, in February 2017.

in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index



86 in 2017

Global score


30.75 in 2017

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2019
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