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 struggles to provide a satisfactory public news service. Press offences have been decriminalized since 2004 and journalists’ organization are capable of rallying support for the media when they are under attack. The press freedom situation is nonetheless very dependent on politics. At election time, journalists tend to censor themselves on such taboo subjects 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 took a tougher 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. Internet connections were disrupted again in February 2020, during the presidential election vote count. Professionalization of the media, 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 challenges of the new media law that the national assembly adopted in December 2019.

in the 2020 World Press Freedom Index



76 in 2019

Global score


29.69 in 2019

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2021
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2021
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2021
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