LOME, Togo, Protesting the forced shutdown of two media channels, hundreds of people marched on Saturday.
Television station La Chaine du Futur and City FM radio were ordered to stop broadcasting three weeks ago after a decade on air for breaching licensing rules.
According to the country's regulator, they had not fulfilled "the prerequisite permission formalities".
After a call by a dozen rights groups, hundreds of people marched through the seaside city for two hours but were dispersed by police in just 15 minutes as they tried to break through a police barrier to reach the regulatory body's headquarters.
The broadcast ban "is an obstruction of press freedom," said Celestin Agbogan, president of the Togolese League of Human Rights.
"It is an illegal" decision, Agbogan said. "We are simply asking for the re-opening of the two media."
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) ranked Togo 88th in its press freedom index last year and said the government controlled information through a dominant state media.
Amnesty International called the sanction disproportionate and "an attack on freedom of speech".
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK