Journalists arrested during opposition march in Douala, Cameroon

Crime-sceneAccording to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), four Cameroonian journalists are behind bars. The journalists’ rights NGO calls for their “immediate and unconditional” release.

Michel Biem Tom, Elvis McCarthy, Thomas Awah Junior and Mancho Bibixy. These four Cameroonian journalists have been behind bars since 27 October in Douala, the economic capital of Cameroon.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), they and two others already released (Josiane Kouagheu and Mathias Mouende Ngamo), were arrested while covering a “peaceful” march initiated by the Movement for the Rebirth of Cameroon (MRC) to challenge the results of the presidential election of October 7th. According to the NGO, these journalists were also reportedly molested by law enforcement officers.

A situation that CPJ says is unhappy. “Bullying, censorship and harassment of journalists continue in Cameroon,” said Angela Quintal, CPJ Africa Coordinator.

According to the information, there is still no reaction from the government, but CPJ calls for the “immediate” release of these journalists.

Reaching second with 14.23% of the vote, the leader of the MRC, Maurice Kamto continues to sulk the verdict of the Constitutional Council which declared the outgoing president Paul Biya winner with 71.28% of the vote.

Having banned this march, the administration has arrested several activists and executives of the MRC, including, Michelle Ndoki, the MRC lawyer who has distinguished himself by his pleadings during the examination of the electoral dispute by the constitutionnal Council.

These arrests took place, some 48 hours after the Atanga Nji Minister of Territorial Administration promised the “greatest firmness” to all “entatives of disorder of public order”.