Cameroon Government Intimidating Journalists

Authorities in Cameroon should halt their intimidation of journalist Mimi Mefo and ensure that she can work safely without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said.

“By summoning Mimi Mefo, Cameroonian authorities send a chilling message to the country’s media community,” The Committee to Protect Journalist’s (CPJ) Africa program coordinator, said. “Over the last year, Cameroonian journalists have been repeatedly summoned simply for doing their work. In many instances, these summons resulted in detentions. This pattern of intimidation must end.”

Cameroon regularly arrests journalists for reporting on unrest in the country, most recently editor Michel Biem Tong, who was summoned and detained on October 23. Tong had published articles criticizing the government’s handling of the grievances from Anglophone Cameroonians in the run-up to presidential elections on October 7, according to a friend of the journalist who spoke to CPJ on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal.



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