Monday, March 28, 2011

Editor charged with criminal libel



Cameroon - Source: CPJ/IFEX - New York, March 22, 2011 - The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the prosecution of a journalist in Cameroon over coverage of a labor dispute at a transportation company. A public prosecutor in the commercial city of Douala charged Editor Jean-Marie Tchatchouang of the weekly Paroles with criminal defamation on February 4, the journalist told CPJ.

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http://www.ifex.org/cameroon/2011/03/25/tchatchouang_charged/

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Fearing Egypt-style revolt, Cameroon bars Twitter service

Cameroon - int. desk - source CPJ - By Mohamed Keita/CPJ Africa Advocacy Coordinator -
"For security reasons, the government of Cameroon requests the suspension of the Twitter sms integration on the network," announced a March 8 tweet by Bouba Kaélé, marketing manager of the Cameroon unit of South Africa-based telecommunications provider MTN.

The announcement has since disappeared from Kaélé's Twitter feed, but was memorialized by a handful of Twitter users who retweeted the comment and the Cameroonian daily Le Jour, which printed a story.
Read more on: CPJ.org


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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Security forces obstructing journalists

Cameroon - int desk - IFEX Alert - Source: CPJ/IFEX - New York, February 25, 2011 - Cameroon's government is obstructing journalists from reporting on issues of public interest, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. 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.

Late on Wednesday, military police in the capital, Yaoundé, provisionally released Raphael Kamtchuen, editor of the private monthly La Boussole, after six days of detention without charge on accusations of possessing a classified official document, according to local news reports and local journalists. The nature of the document was not immediately clear. Kamtchuen was arrested by prison guards at Yaoundé's Kondengui Prison while leaving the facility after interviewing jailed former Finance Minister Polycarpe Abah Abah, who is serving a sentence for corruption. Kamtchuen was summoned to appear before a prosecutor today.

"Cameroonian authorities must clarify why they detained Raphael Kamtchuen," said CPJ Africa Advocacy Coordinator Mohamed Keita.

Also on Wednesday, security forces prevented at least eight journalists from filming police brutally dispersing a protest march in the commercial city of Douala, according to local journalists. Plainclothes security agents picked up Agence France-Presse correspondent Reinier Kaze and held him overnight, defense lawyer Levi Deffo told CPJ. Police confiscated or destroyed footage or photographs taken by cameramen Warren Nzedeu of private Equinoxe TV and Charles Talom of pan-African satellite station Vox Africa, according to the Cameroon Journalists' Trade Union. Riot police used a water hose against another journalist, freelancer Aron Agien Nyangkwe, the union reported.

Three other journalists, Equinoxe TV's presenter Polycarpe Essomba, and reporters Alain Tchakounte with the state daily Cameroon Tribune and Assongmo Necdem with daily Le Jour, were also harassed, according to the union.

"We call on the authorities to hold to account members of the security forces and government who abuse their powers to prevent journalists from documenting their activities," Keita said.

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Editor charged over leaked official document


Cameroon - Int. Desk - IFEX Alert - Source CPJ/IFEX - New York, March 3, 2011 - The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned for 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 "unauthorized communication with a detainee" and "possession of administrative documents labeled 'confidential'," according to local journalists. The charges are based on an October 27, 2009, letter that was allegedly leaked from the office of top presidential adviser Laurent Esso. Guards found the letter on Nkamtchuen as he left Yaoundé's Kondengui Prison following an interview with jailed former Finance Minister Polycarpe Abah Abah on February 17. Nkamtchuen told CPJ the letter was leaked to him and that he carried it into the prison.

The alleged letter from Esso informed the Vice Prime Minister for Justice Amadou Ali that President Paul Biya had approved the minister's proposal to arrest a number of officials for corruption, including Abah Abah, Nkamtchuen told CPJ. Esso has not publicly reacted to the allegations, according to local journalists. Abah Abah, who was convicted of embezzling public funds, is one of several top officials arrested or accused of corruption since the launch of an official anti-graft investigation called Operation Sparrowhawk, according to news reports.

Nkamtchuen was detained for six days by Cameroonian military police before he was charged. He was free pending trial on March 24, but he told CPJ he has gone into hiding after receiving threatening phone calls.

"We are concerned for the safety of Raphaël Nkamtchuen, who has gone into hiding after being charged in connection to his investigation into possible government abuse of power," said CPJ Africa Advocacy Coordinator Mohamed Keita. "We hold the government responsible for his safety and well-being."

Nkamtchuen disputed the charges, saying it was the third time he had visited Abah Abah in Kondengui Prison and that prison guards had never required any special authorization to communicate with a detainee previously, he told CPJ. However, a prison guard was arrested on charges of conspiring to facilitate his entry, he said.

In February 2010, Esso ordered the arrests of four journalists after another document purported to have been leaked from his office detailing a kickbacks scheme surfaced, according to CPJ research. The arrests lead to the death in custody of one of the journalists, Germain Cyrille Ngota.

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