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Journalists Not Terrorists: In Cameroon, anti-terror legislation is used to silence critics and suppress dissent

September 20, 2017 8:00 AM ET

In 2014, Cameroon enacted a broad anti-terror law as part of its effort to counter the extremist group Boko Haram, but authorities are using it to arrest and threaten local journalists who report on the militants or unrest in the country’s English-speaking regions. A presidential decree in August 2017...

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Journalists Not Terrorists

September 20, 2017 8:00 AM ET

About This Report This report was researched and written by CPJ Africa Program Coordinator Angela Quintal. Jonathan Rozen, CPJ’s Africa Research Associate contributed research....

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Journalists Not Terrorists

September 20, 2017 8:00 AM ET

In Cameroon, anti-terror legislation is used to silence critics and suppress dissent A light breakfast of an omelet and a cup of black coffee eaten on the trot: Little did Radio France Internationale correspondent Ahmed Abba know it would be his last meal as a free man. Abba had...

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Journalists Not Terrorists

September 20, 2017 8:00 AM ET

Recommendations The Committee to Protect Journalists offers the following recommendations:...

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In Cameroon, Ahmed Abba sentenced to 10 years in jail

April 24, 2017 6:23 PM ET

New York, April 24, 2017--A military court in Cameroon today sentenced Ahmed Abba, a correspondent for Radio France Internationale's (RFI) Hausa service, to 10 years in prison and ordered him to make a payment of 55 million Central African francs (US$91,133) Abba's lawyer Clément Nakong, told CPJ. Abba, who...

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Cameroonian military court convicts journalist Ahmed Abba of terrorism charges

April 20, 2017 3:57 PM ET

New York, April 20, 2017--A military court in Cameroon today convicted Ahmed Abba, a journalist for Radio France Internationale's Hausa service, on charges of "non-denunciation of terrorism" and "laundering of the proceeds of terrorist acts," according to his lawyer and RFI. The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Cameroonian...

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CPJ requests information on jailed Cameroonian journalists

March 1, 2017 9:12 AM ET

March 1, 2017 Issa Tchiroma Bakary Minister of Communication Hotel de Ville Yaoundé Via fax: +237 222 23 30 22; Your Excellency, We at the Committee to Protect Journalists, an independent press freedom advocacy organization, are concerned about compounding reports of measures to restrict the media in Cameroon, and request...

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CPJ urges Cameroonian President Paul Biya to free radio journalist Ahmed Abba

January 31, 2017 2:18 PM ET

CPJ urges Cameroonian President Paul Biya to instruct military prosecutors to drop charges against Ahmed Abba--a correspondent for Radio France Internationale's Hausa-language service who has been jailed for 18 months--so that he can be released without further delay. The journalist's trial before a military tribunal is scheduled to resume on February 2.

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Cameroon suspends radio station, seals office

January 11, 2017 5:25 PM ET

Lagos, Nigeria, January 11, 2017--Cameroonian authorities should immediately reverse a decision to suspend independent broadcaster Radio Hot Cocoa 94 FM's permission to operate and allow the station to resume broadcasting immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Government officials in Bamenda, the capital of Cameroon's Northwest Region, yesterday...

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Press freedom under attack in Cameroon

December 16, 2016 5:23 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, December 16, 2016--The Cameroonian government and security services should immediately reverse a series of repressive measures that have produced a crisis of media freedom in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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