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Togo - Letter to justice minister about exorbitant damages award against weekly

Reporters without borders
Reporters Without Borders wrote to justice minister Tchitchao Tchalim today about the colossal damages that the privately-owned weekly L'Indépendant Express has been ordered to pay in a libel suit brought by Julie Béguédou, the CEO of the rice-import company Elisée Cotrane, over an article accusing the company of planning to flood the local market with “toxic rice.” A Lomé criminal court ruled two days ago that the newspaper must pay 200 million CFA francs CFA (300,000 euros) in damages, a fine of (...)

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