Four Ambassadors and the director of Togo’s journalism school held a joint press conference on Feb. 6 in Lome to announce a new competition to reward high-quality journalism in Togo. Ambassador David Gilmour of the United States, Cristina Martins Barreira, Head of the Delegation of the European Union, Ambassador Marc Vizy of France and the Ambassador of Germany, Mr. Christoph Sander, joined by the Director of the Institute of Information, Communication and Arts Sciences (ISICA), Ms. Germaine K Anaté, launched the “Les Lauriers du Journalisme d’Impact au Togo.” Also in attendance was the Minister of Communication, Culture, Sports and Civic Training, Mr. Guy Madjé Lorenzo; the representative of the President of the High Authority for Audiovisual and Communication; heads of several journalist associations, and over 45 working journalists.
An exchange session with the audience allowed the heads of diplomatic missions to explain the reasons behind the price initiative. They explained that the competition “Les Lauriers du Journalisme de Impact” was intended to reward the best journalistic work and to encourage Togolese journalists to reach the international standard for the collection, processing and dissemination of information . The organizers also presented to the public the website www.lji-togo.com , the main platform for participation and information of the contest
In his remarks, Ambassador Gilmour said, “We believe that freedom of the press is one of the cornerstones of democracy. But with freedom comes responsibility. That is, a free press must be a responsible press, with professional standards and high ethics. . Strong, independent and professional media will help enormously to develop the country. We strongly hope that this initiative will play a role in achieving this goal. ”