Gambia: CPJ to release report on threats to journalists in Cameroon

Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) will release its report titled, "Journalists Not Terrorists: In Cameroon, anti-terror legislation is used to silence critics and suppress dissent," on 20 September, the press freedom watchdog said on Saturday.

"Cameroonian authorities have used a broad anti-terror law, enacted in 2014, to arrest and threaten local journalists who report on the militant group Boko Haram or unrest in the country’s English-speaking regions," CPJ said in a statement made available to PANA.

It said Journalists arrested under the act include Radio France Internationale broadcaster and CPJ International Press Freedom Award honoree Ahmed Abba who faced military tribunal and harsh sentences.

A presidential decree in August 2017 ended legal proceedings against at least four journalists, but the law remains in place.

"With elections due to take place next year, many of Cameroon’s journalists say they are too scared to cover politics or sensitive issues," CPJ added.
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16 september 2017 10:22:01

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