22 October 1998


Journalist arrested in Lomé

Incident details

Appollinaire Mewenemesse



(RSF/IFEX) - RSF is protesting the arrest of a journalist in Lomé. According
to RSF's information, on 21 October 1998, Appollinaire Mewenemesse,
editor-in-chief of the bi-monthly "La Dépêche", was arrested and taken to
the police station in the capital. The arrest followed the filing of a
defamation complaint by the national Minister of Defence. On 15 October, the
newspaper had published an article attributing responsibility for robberies
in the capital to soldiers of the Togolese Armed Forces (Forces Armées
Togolaises). "La Dépêche" quoted a non-commissioned officer stating that
"fragments of abandoned arms found at the crime scene either belong to the
police or the army." Police also seized all copies of the bi-monthly.

Recommended Action

Send appeals to the Prime Minister:

  • asking him to use his influence to secure the release of Appollinaire
  • reminding him that another journalist, Elias Hounkali of the weekly "Le
    Nouveau Combat", is imprisoned since 6 August 1998 (see IFEX alert of 11
    August 1998)
  • Asking for Hounkali's immediate unconditional release

    Appeals To

    Mr. Kwassi Klutsé
    Prime Minister
    La Primature
    Lomé, Togo
    Fax: +228 21 20 40/+228 21 08 50

    Please copy appeals to the source if possible.

  • Source

    Reporters Without Borders
    47, rue Vivienne
    75002 Paris
    rsf (@) rsf.org
    Fax:+33 1 45 23 11 51
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