Togo ALERT: Opposition leader arrested

Opposition leader, Claude Améganvi, was on Tuesday August 6, 2002, arrested and detained at the state CID office for a newspaper publication which police authorities have attributed to him.

The Thursday, August 1 edition of the Agoo Nam newspaper had carried an article on the reported wealth of President Eyadéma and his son, Faure Gnassingbé. According to the Minister of Interior and Security, General Sizing Akawilou Walla, it was Julien Ayi, editor of another newspaper, the Nouvel Echo, who named the opposition leader as the author of the said article.

Claude Améganvi is a trade unionist and chairman of the Workers Party. He is also editor-in-chief of the trade union newspaper Nyawo, and coordinator of the association “Which way out for Togo?”

The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) is dismayed by the record of abuses of the freedom of expression rights of individuals and the independent media in Togo, and appeals to the government of President Eyadéma to effect the immediate and unconditional release of Mr Améganvi.

The MFWA invites you to kindly protest the arrest of Claude Améganvi.

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