Togo | Freedom House

Freedom of the Press



Freedom of the Press 2002

2002 Scores

Press Status

Not Free

Press Freedom Score
(0 = best, 100 = worst)


Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)


Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)


Four journalists imprisoned earlier in the year were released after serving prison terms for "undermining honor" or reporting "false news." The most senior Togolese journalist, editor of the prominent opposition newspaper, was among those imprisoned. Other journalists were held for questioning. Release of the arrested journalists after intensive international pressure was regarded as a favorable trend. The entire press run of an opposition weekly newspaper was seized. The only daily newspaper is state-owned. There are 2 state-owned radio stations and 20 private outlets. Two of these are tied to the ruling party. The government owns the only television channel.