Ms. Irène Khan calls on the government
Publié le mercredi 2 juin 2021, par Gabinho
After making outings concerning certain cases of different ranges, the sanctions imposed by the High Authority for Audiovisual and Communication (HAAC) and the Togolese justice on the newspapers L’Alternative, Liberté, Fraternité and L’Indépendant Express were judged and sanctioned by the High Authority of Audiovisual and Communication (HAAC) and the Togolese justice. For the censorship of these newspapers, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Ms. Irene Khan calls on the HAAC to justify itself.
In fact, on March 19, 2021, Ms. Irène Khan wrote to the Togolese government in correspondence in which she was so worried about the cessation of newspaper activities and had proposed the opening of investigations to the government as a solution.
“It is deeply worrying that the authorities appear to have been quicker to stop the publication of critical reports, rather than consider opening investigations into serious allegations of corruption. The concerns expressed by the Human Rights Committee about "unjustified restrictions on freedom of expression, in particular the censorship of certain media by the High Authority for Audiovisual and Communication (HAAC), whose independence and the modalities of operation were called into question "among other concerns," said Ms. Irène Khan.
The rapporteur demands from the Togolese government explanations and answers within sixty (60) days and invites it to "take all necessary measures to ensure the protection of the rights and freedoms of journalists and the four aforementioned newspapers, to initiate investigations into alleged violations and bring those responsible to justice ”.