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CPJ calls on Cameroon to drop charges against Mimi Mefo

The Committee to Protect Journalists has called for Cameroon to drop all charges against Mimi Mefo, head of English news and a presenter for the privately owned Equinoxe television and radio station.
Mimi Mefo, television journalist and blogger, Cameroon.
Mefo was detained for three days last week on a charge of disseminating “fake news” and released on Saturday, according to CameroonOnline.org: “Equinoxe TV is pleased to announce that Mimi Mefo has been set free. She is now with her family,” the statement from her employer said. According to her lawyer, barrister Richard Tamfu, Mefo will appear before the military tribunal on Monday, CameroonOnline reported

Mefo, who also runs Mimi Mefo Info, her own news website, was arrested and taken to the central New Bell prison in Douala, where she remains after having been summoned to appear before the national gendarmerie, Mefo's lawyer Tamfu Richard told CPJ.

Cameroon authorities summon journalist Mimi Mefo

Authorities in Cameroon should halt their intimidation of journalist Mimi Mefo and ensure that she can work safely without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said...

5 Nov 2018



Mefo was questioned for several hours, charged with "publishing and propagating information that infringes on the territorial integrity of the Republic of Cameroon," and scheduled to appear before a military tribunal on November 12, according to Richard. Prior to her arrest, Mefo told CPJ that the summons was "no surprise", as she had received several threats for her reporting on unrest in the western, Anglophone regions of Cameroon.

"Cameroon cannot be allowed to suppress coverage of unrest in its western, Anglophone regions by detaining journalists like Mimi Mefo. She must be released immediately," said CPJ deputy executive director Robert Mahoney. "The charge of publishing information that infringes on territorial integrity is a laughable smokescreen for censorship, plain and simple."

Late last month, Cameroonian authorities arrested Michel Biem Tong, editor of the privately owned Hurinews website. He has yet to be freed or charged, according to CPJ research.
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