58% of the Togolese population supports private media (Afrobaromètre)

Monday, 06 May 2019 14:41
58% of the Togolese population supports private media (Afrobaromètre)

(Togo First) - More than half (58%) of the Togolese population supports private media while 38% (about two out of five of the surveyed) supports the government’s right to control communication. This is revealed by a recent survey on the development of freedoms in Africa carried out by Afrobaromètre.

Across the 34 surveyed countries, 43% of the population is ready to accept that government monitors media, for security purposes, whereas 53% of the surveyed defend rights to private communication.

Concerning freedom of religion, in Togo 51% of the population questioned by Afrobaromètre thinks the government should regulate religious speeches, while 45% believe in freedom of religion.

While it appears that Africa currently experiences hurdles opposing freedoms, Togo recently moved 10 places in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index released by Reporter Sans Frontière (RSF). The country, whose score rose by 0.54 points, was 76th on the index which ranked 180 countries.

Ayi Renaud Dossavi

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