LOME, 31 December 2020 – Rights groups have called for the immediate release of Togolese journalist Carlos Ketochou who was arrested and taken away from his home Tuesday.

The Association of Journalists for the Defense of Human Rights (JDHO) called Thursday, in a statement, for his “immediate and unconditional release” and for an end to all attempts at using the judiciary to harass him.

Togo: Calls for Ketochou’s Release

Opposition groups chimed in on the condemnations Thursday, calling it another “vain attempt by the Togolese authorities to intimidate the press”.

Ketochou is the publisher and editor in chief of the Lome-based Independent Express newspaper.

He is being held in an unknown location, according to lawyers and members of his family.

It is still unclear why he was arrested, but journalists at Independent Express say their boss had received notice to report on Wedneday – the day before his arrest at night – to the offices of the Main Crime Investigation Unit of the National Genedarmerie.

On Monday, Independent Express published an article alleging that a lady member of Togo’s government had been arrested on accusations of stealing silver ware.

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