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martes, 20 de julio de 2010

AJST throws support behind journalist sued by Adebayor


Togo's former international striker and Manchester City's Emmanuel Adebayor has sued Komi Agboklou Prosper alias Prosper l'Allemand, a member of the Togo Sport Journalists's Association (AJST) for spreading false information, libel and defamation, prompting the AJST to issue an official statement inviting both parties to promote dialogue and reconciliation towards a successful resolution.
Adebayor sued Prosper over a report that the former Hawks captain asked his national teammates to postpone a playoff game against Chad in N'Djamena earlier this year and to attend a party he had organized instead.
Adebayor is seeking damages of 100 million CFA francs ( US $194,000 and more than Euro 152,000). The trial which was to begin this week has been postponed until August 11, 2010 because of a lack of endorsement by the complainant. The Togolese Press and Communications Code has no provision for imprisonment but includes financial penalties from 500,000 - 5 million CFA francs.
The game in question was the first international match for Togo since its team was attacked in January while travelling from Congo-Brazzaville to the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Angola. Separatist rebels opened fire on a team bus and left two people dead. Adebayor then announced his retirement from international football in April.
ASJA General Secretary Aimé Ekpé's official statement deplores the trial and reaffirms its support for Prosper while calling on all sports media to show sensitivity, responsibility and scrupulous observance of ethical rules while exercising the profession.

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