Authorities are urged to ensure that those who beat and stabbed reporter Paul Chouta are swiftly brought to justice.
Two journalists from privately owned Cameroonian daily newspaper Le Jour were arrested while covering a gathering of opposition party members in the city of Douala.
RSF is reiterating its call for the immediate release of leading Cameroonian journalist Amadou Vamoulké, in prison on trumped-up charges since July 2016. He is due to appear in court on 4 December in a trial already postponed 14 times in a row.
Michel Biem Tong, editor of the privately owned Hurinews website, was summoned to the State Secretariat for Defense in the capital, Yaoundé and detained without being charged.
Reporters Without Borders welcomes radio reporter Ahmed Abba’s imminent release after a military appeal court in Yaoundé reduced his jail sentence on terrorism charges from 10 years to 24 months.
Cameroonian authorities detained Patrice Nganang as he attempted to fly to Zimbabwe from Douala. His lawyer told CPJ that Nganang is being held on accusations of offending the president in a Facebook post.
Within the past year, the government of Cameroon has shut down the internet in its attempt to clamp down on demonstrations in English-speaking regions of the country.
AFEX has denounced the brutality of Cameroon’s security forces against unarmed civilians, reportedly killing 12 people and injuring many more in the country’s English-speaking regions, as well as the government’s decision to shut down the internet for the second time this year amidst protests.
Cameroon’s broadly worded anti-terror law is being used by authorities to arrest and threaten local journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists found in a report called “Journalists Not Terrorists.”
Reporters Without Borders and other NGOs have formed a committee to press for the release of RFI correspondent Ahmed Abba, who was given a 10 year jail term in April 2017.
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is outraged by the ten year prison sentence issued to Ahmed Abba, a Hausa-language reporter for Radio France Internationale, by Yaoundé military court.
What could cause a government to block the internet to specific regions for three months? In Cameroon’s case, it was a conflict over the imposition of the French language in anglophone areas.
The African Freedom of Expression Exchange has petitioned the African Union Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information to intervene in the deteriorating freedom of expression situation in the two Anglophone regions of Cameroon.
RFI reporter Ahmed Abba has been charged with failing to report acts of terrorism to the authorities. At his 16th trial, the prosecutor shocked the courtroom by asking for the death penalty without first demonstrating Abba’s guilt on any of the charges.