New York, March 7, 2012--The Committee to Protect
Journalists calls on authorities in Togo to investigate a report that police assaulted
a photojournalist on Friday after he took photos of officers seizing a motorcycle
during a protest, according to media reports
and local journalists.
Koffi Djidonou Frédéric Attipou, a photojournalist with the weekly Le Canard Indépendant and the biweekly magazine Sika, told CPJ he was covering a protest over government human rights violations when he turned his camera to police confiscating a demonstrator's motorcycle nearby. Togolese police, facing numerous allegations of heavy-handed and abusive tactics, have had a number of recent confrontations with journalists covering their activities, according to news accounts and CPJ research.