Abuja, Nigeria, July 6, 2012--The Committee to Protect
Journalists condemns an attack on a Togolese journalist who was trying to cover
a demonstration on Monday and calls on authorities to immediately investigate
and bring the perpetrators to justice.
Atayi Ayi, a
reporter for the daily Forum de la Semaine, was taking photographs of a protest in Lomé, the capital, when two
groups of unidentified demonstrators beat him and seized his camera, he told
CPJ. The journalist said he was wearing a vest that identified him as press.
The attack left him with injuries to his right eye, a bloody
nose, and bruises all over his body, Ayi told CPJ. He was rescued by a police
officer and reported the incident to the police the same day, he said. His
camera was recovered by the police, he said.