Impact of politics

With 171 newspapers, 74 radio stations and 10 TV channels, Togo has a densely populated media landscape but the state media still struggle to provide a satisfactory public news service. Press offences have been decriminalized since 2004 and journalists' organizations are capable of rallying support for the media when they are under attack. The press freedom situation is nonetheless very dependent on politics. During election time, journalists tend to censor themselves on taboo subjects such as corruption, the army, the president and the president’s family. During a series of major opposition protests calling for President Faure Gnassingbé’s departure in 2017, the authorities drew a harder line with the media, stripping the correspondent of France 24 and TV5 Monde of her accreditation and disconnecting the Internet for several days. Since then, the tension has let up somewhat and the number of abuses against journalists has fallen. But the political crisis continues and the main opposition coalition boycotted the December 2018 parliamentary elections. The professionalization of the media, the protection of journalists’ sources, especially during protests, and access to more financial resources in order to guarantee the media’s economic viability are the main issues that need to be addressed in the future media law which is currently under consideration.

in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index



86 in 2018

Global score


30.23 in 2018

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2020
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2020
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2020
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