Togo ALERT: President files more defamation suits against two newspapers

Togo’s President, Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé filed three more defamation suits against two privately-owned newspapers.

Two of the suits were brought against the weekly L’Indépendant Express, making three the number of cases that President Gnassingbé had launched against L’Indépendant Express since August 18.

These latest suits followed two articles that L’Indépendant Express published on August 3 & 24 accusing the administration of mismanagement and corruption.

On the same August 30, President Gnassingbé brought another suit against Liberté over an August 3 article headlined: Handling of state affairs in Togo”. The article claimed that sex influences the management of the affairs of Togo.

The earlier case against L’Indépendant Express was also adjourned to September 29, 2010.

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