Police question respected newspaper editor for six hours

first_imgNews News May 19, 2021 Find out more News CameroonAfrica Follow the news on Cameroon CameroonAfrica News Cameroonian reporter jailed since August, abandoned by justice system Reporters Without Borders is alarmed by newspaper editor Xavier Messe’s long interrogation by the Yaoundé judicial police on 29 July, which follows other examples in recent months of a more repressive government approach to journalists in Cameroon. to go further July 31, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Police question respected newspaper editor for six hours May 31, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF_en Organisation Messe, who edits the Mutations daily and is widely respected for his professionalism, was questioned for more than six hours about an article by one of his journalists describing tension and clashes between two members of President Paul Biya’s party.The final sentence, suggesting that President Biya was happy to see members of the Cameroonian elite squabbling among themselves, was apparently regarded by the authorities as “anti-patriotic.”“We are extremely worried by this long interrogation of the editor of such a well-established newspaper as Mutations over such a harmless comment,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk.“We see it as a clear sign that a tougher line is being taken with the Cameroonian media, especially as other developments confirm this trend. The current security situation is obviously complex, but it should not be constantly exploited to prevent any comments about the president.” Other examples of a more authoritarian approach include the case of Félix Cyriaque Ebole Bola of Mutations and Rodrigue Tongue of Le Messager, who have been awaiting trial before a military court since last October just for trying to get the police to confirm information for a story involving security. The authorities are still preparing the prosecution case.Le Zénith editor Zacharie Ndiomo, who spent five months in prison in appalling conditions and without access to his medicine, is again the target of a criminal libel case brought by the same official over the same report. This is a clear violation of legal principle that a person cannot be tried twice for the same alleged crime.Other examples include parliament’s approval last December of an anti-terrorism law that can be applied to journalists. This is particularly worrying because Cameroon has still not decriminalized media offences and often sends journalists to prison.Cameroon is ranked 134th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Cameroonian journalist Paul Chouta sentenced and fined in defamation case Case against Amadou Vamoulké baseless, French lawyers tell Cameroon court Receive email alerts April 23, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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