Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Journalist released from prison after paying heavy fine

(JED/IFEX) - JED expresses its satisfaction following the 13 January 2010 release of Jean Bosco Talla, publication director of "Germinal," a privately-owned weekly based in the capital Yaoundé. JED welcomes the decision of the Cameroon prison authorities, who did not invent a pretext to prolong unduly Talla's time in prison. However, JED finds the amount of the fine demanded from the journalist for his release to be excessive.

Talla has just spent a month in Kondengui prison in Yaoundé, where he was detained for "insulting" President Paul Biya. On the afternoon of 13 January, Talla's lawyers paid the court clerk's office the sum of 3,154,000 CFA Francs (approx. US$6,800) so that he would be released.

Talla was prosecuted for "insulting" the president of the republic following his newspaper's publication of an extract from a book by Ebale Angounou, entitled "Sang pour Sang" (Blood for Blood), which spoke of homosexuality at the highest levels of the state.

The journalist was sentenced on 28 December 2009 to a one-year prison term, suspended for three years, along with a fine of 3,154,000 CFA Francs, including legal fees.

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1 comment:

David said...

You're burning for nothing accusing Paul Biya and his government of kidnapping and holding this journalist Jean Bosco Talla. And now, we learn he was released after paying fine. Is it not the proof that it was anything about a kidnapping as you repeated again and again? This whole campaign against Paul Biya and his regime was based on absolutely nothing. All those who defined Cameroon of dictatorship are wrong because in a dictatorship, you don’t release someone after he has paid a deposit and most important, he doesn’t receive a visit from an organization that defends Freedom and human rights as was the case for Jean Bosco Talla who has been visited by a correspondent of Reporters Without Borders, which defends press freedom worldwide. So, they clearly exaggerated and dramatized in this case using excessive words such as dictatorship and abduction.