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Togolese journo beaten by cops

2010-08-26 10:05

Lome - Togolese police beat on Wednesday photojournalist Didier Ledoux, who was involved two weeks ago in a standoff with a French military advisor, according to a statement by Reporters Without Borders.

Ledoux told the media rights organisation that after taking a photo of Lome's court gendarmes demanded he delete the picture.

When he refused, Ledoux said the gendarmes "hit me in the neck and ribs" and then forced him into their vehicle.

Ledoux said the gendarmes chucked him out of their vehicle before reaching their base, but did not confiscate his camera or delete any photos.

On August 10, French Lieutenant Colonel Romuald Letondot threatened Ledoux to delete a photo taken of him showing a Togolese policeman that his car had been damaged by a stone-throwing demonstrator.

The condescending exchange was caught on video and posted on YouTube, where it was viewed over 700 000 times, prompting the French military to recall and punish Letondot.