According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Cameroon has been ranked the second worse persecutor of journalists in sub Saharan Africa, with more than seven journalist behind bars.

To the committee, Cameroon comes behind Eritrea, ranked first persecutor of journalists in the region.

The committee notes that most journalists detained in Cameroon are facing charges linked to false news and fake news to news that endangers state security.

It further notes that the government of Cameroon continuously accuses journalists of reporting news that endanger state security and territorial integrity.

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This was the case with Mimi Mefo of equinox television who was recently detained in Douala for publishing false news, perpetrating cyber criminality and endangering the security of the state.

Another journalist Micheal Biem Tong who currently incarcerated at a maximum security prison in Yaoundé, over allegations that he aired information that endangers state security is being judged by the Yaoundé military court using the 2015 anti-terrorism law

Many others who have faced similar arrests include Thomas Awah Junior, Mancho Bibixy, Micheal Doppas and a host of others.

The ICJ records that such pressure on journalists leads to under reporting of issues in the country as some deliberately leave them out for fear of incarceration.

Source: Journal du Cameroun, The Guardian Post.

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