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November 4, 2014

Cameroon journalists questioned in military court for withholding information

Two journalists in Cameroon accused of withholding information from the state have been interrogated by a military court and ordered not to leave the country, according to news reports. A closed military court in Yaounde on Tuesday questioned for several hours Félix Cyriaque Ebolé Bola , a senior reporter for the privately owned daily newspaper Mutations and the president of Cameroon's National Union of Journalists, and Rodrigue Tongue , a senior reporter and the head of the political desk for... MORE
October 31, 2014

Cameroon: Journalists are not informants

Cameroonian journalists Felix Cyriaque Ebole Bola of the daily Mutations and Rodrigue Tongue of Le Messager, were charged following a October 28 military court hearing in Yaoundé with “non-denunciation” of facts potentially endangering state security. Baba Wamé, a former journalist and professor was accused of the same charges. “This charge prompts great concern for freedom of information in Cameroon,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, head of the Africa desk of Reporters Without Borders. “Journalists... MORE
October 28, 2014

Cameroon: Three journalists held in several defamation cases

Reporters Without Borders has condemned the muzzling of the press in Cameroon, where three journalists are currently held on defamation charges, and calls on the government to decriminalize media offences. The latest to be detained is Guy Nsigué , a sports reporter for the website and Radio Sport Info, who was arrested on October 21 by men from the defence ministry, which is also the headquarters of Cameroon’s Gendarmerie. Zacharie Ndiomo , the editor of the bimonthly Le Zénith... MORE
April 16, 2014

Cameroonian newspaper editor jailed for defamation

Authorities in Cameroon should release a newspaper editor who has been imprisoned since March 29 after being convicted of criminal defamation, the Committee to Protect Journalists reported Tuesday. On Friday last, a judge postponed indefinitely a bail hearing for Amungwa Tanyi Nicodemus , according to news reports. On March 10, a court in the northwestern city of Bamenda sentenced Nicodemus, publisher and editor of the private weekly The Monitor , to four months in prison and ordered him to pay... MORE
April 5, 2011

Cameroonian reporter detained after questioning arrests

Using a vague criminal code provision allowing authorities to detain individuals deemed a threat to public order, a provincial governor in Cameroon threw a journalist in prison on Wednesday last for inquiring about the arrests of two employees of a state-run palm oil company, according to local journalists. In a statement, the local press union Network of Journalists of The North said Adamawa Gov Enow Abraham Egbe ordered a five-day detention for reporter Lamissia Adoularc , a correspondent for... MORE
March 29, 2011

Cameroon bans paper, gives editor suspended sentence

A court in Cameroon has handed an editor a suspended prison sentence and banned his newspaper for reporting on alleged mismanagement of a transportation company, New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has reported. A panel of three magistrates in the commercial city of Douala convicted Editor Jean-Marie Tchatchouang of the weekly Paroles of defamation on Friday under Cameroon's penal code and gave him a six-month suspended prison sentence and a fine of 185,200... MORE
March 6, 2011

Cameroon editor charged over leaked official document

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed concern over the safety of a Cameroonian editor who is being prosecuted in connection with a leaked official document, according to local journalists and news reports. On February 24, a public prosecutor in Yaoundé charged Raphaël Nkamtchuen , editor of the periodical La Boussole , with "unauthorised communication with a detainee" and "possession of administrative documents labeled 'confidential,'" according to local journalists. The... MORE
February 27, 2011

Cameroon security forces obstructing journalists

Cameroon's government is obstructing journalists from reporting on issues of public interest. Security forces detained a journalist without charge for six days after he interviewed a jailed former official. They also seized footage from reporters covering the brutal repression of a banned opposition march on Wednesday, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has reported. Late on Wednesday, military police in the capital, Yaoundé, provisionally released Raphael Kamtchuen , editor of the... MORE
February 23, 2011

Newspaper editor arrested in Cameroon for visiting former minister in prison

Newspaper editor Raphaël Nkamtcheun has been detained for the past week for receiving allegedly confidential government documents from former finance minister Polycarpe Abah Abah when he visited Abah in Yaoundé prison on February 17. Abah has been jailed since 2008 on an embezzlement charge. “This is an arbitrary act designed to silence the press,” Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) said. “Nkamtcheun has done nothing to justify being arrested. Receiving a document... MORE
November 25, 2010

Cameroon editors released conditionally after eight months in prison

Newspaper editors Serge Sabouang of the bimonthly La Nation and Robert Mintya of the weekly Le Devoir were freed provisionally Wednesday after more than eight months in Yaoundé’s main prison, Kondengui. Sabouang confirmed their release in a phone call last night with the Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) correspondent in Cameroon. “We hail the release of these two journalists with immense relief,” RSF secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said. “RSF had been... MORE