Gambia: CPJ welcomes release of Cameroonian journalists

Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The global press freedom watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), has welcomed the release of scores of journalists in Cameroon.

The office of President Paul Biya announced on 30 August that Cameroon was ending criminal proceedings against those detained during unrest in the country's two English-speaking regions.

"We welcome the release of Cameroonian journalists Atia Tilarious Azohnwi, Tim Finnian and Hans Achomba, but they should never have been jailed in the first place," remarked CPJ Africa Programme Coordinator, Angela Quintal, in a statement made available to PANA.

"We urge President Paul Biya to free other journalists jailed under the anti-terror law, including RFI correspondent Ahmed Abba, and to end authorities' abuse of the legislation to crackdown on critical voices and those reporting on unrest," Quintal added.

Meanwhile, according to CPJ, Atia Tilarious Azohnwi, political editor of The Sun, Tim Finnian, editor of Life Time magazine, and Hans Achomba, a freelance documentary filmmaker, were among those released from jail in Yaoundé recently.

Achomba and Finnian were arrested in January, and Azohnwi was jailed in February. All three faced trial by military tribunal under Cameroon's anti-terror law
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