Embassy sponsors Workshop on Investigative Journalism

Togolese journalist Franck Assah
Workshop facilitator Franck Assah engages with media representatives at the opening of the U.S. Embassy’s investigative journalism workshop July 11 in Lome

As part of its continuing mission to promote the rule of law and the professionalization of the media in Togo, the U.S. Embassy organized a workshop on investigative journalism in Lome from July 11-15. Participants hailed from five regions of the country and represented a variety of media outlets.

The workshop was facilitated by two experts: American journalist Elizabeth Bryant and Togolese journalist Franck Assah. Ms. Bryant, a radio and print reporter based in paris, has covered international affairs and development issues around the globe for over 15 years, and has also trained journalists in France and the Ivory Coast. Mr. Assah is the director of a bi-monthly periodical covering business and finance, as well as the coordinator for the Program for African Investigative Reporting (PAIR).

From left to right Elisabeth Bryant, Mike Pryor (PAO) and Franck Assah
From left to right Elisabeth Bryant, Mike Pryor (PAO) and Franck Assah

During the workshop, participants learned investigative reporting techniques, examined the legal and constitutional framework for the operation of the press in Togo and in the U.S., and debated the role journalists play in ensuring good governance.