Anglophone journalists protest police harassment, media crackdown 2

Some news reporters grouped under the National Union of Cameroon Journalists, SNJC converged in Buea and demanded the immediate release of all Southern Cameroon journalists arrested during the current Anglophone uprising.

They marched through the streets of Buea from the University junction to Miss Bright Inn brandishing placards which called on the Francophone government to stop harassing journalists. Others held banners with messages calling for the release of some six Anglophone journalists arrested this year.

The World Press Freedom Day commemoration in the Southern Cameroon was observed under strict and firm instructions that journalists should appear in black, signifying the stifling of Press Freedom. Kum Leonard, President of SNJC revealed that Southern Cameroon journalists were now in hiding and some like Tina Nene Nganda have fled the country.

Appeals have been made to competent authorities to make sure that rights of journalists are respected in Cameroon. Celebrations marking WPFD in Fako ended in Limbe with the participation of the loud sounding nothing Peter Essoka, President of the National Communication Council. The event was organized by the UN information center for Central Africa.

Source: CIN