In all, the third quarter of the MFWA’s Free Expression Monitor recorded 34 violations during the period (July-September, 2017).
The deadly incidents in Togo added to an avalanche of violations perpetrated by security agents across West Africa during the quarter under review. Security agents made up of the police, the gendarmerie, the army and other paramilitary organisations, accounted for 21 (60%) of the 35 violations.
Eight countries featured in the report with Nigeria (11) Togo (7) and Mauritania (7) recording the most violations in a repeat order of the two previous quarters. The rest are Ghana (4) Guinea (2), The Gambia (1), Mali (1) and Niger (1).
To read the full quarterly report, which is an analysis of the freedom of expression situation in West Africa from July-September, 2017, click here.