19, October 2016
Nestor Nga Etoga, a journalist and editor of a weekly newspaper The Investigation, was arrested on Tuesday the 18th of October 2016 at about 10 am, at the Nlongkak Roundabout in Yaounde by plain cloth police officers and is now being held in a cell at the Centre Regional Delegation for National Security.
Cameroon Concord News gathered from local media sources that he had earlier been summoned by a state prosecutor, Georges Gérard Meka, of the Mfoundi High Court in Yaounde for blackmail-a complaint initiated by Fipcam, a logging company based in Mfou (25 km from Yaoundé).
The journalist had reported a story on the working conditions at the Cameroon Flooring Manufactures (Fipcam) where the workers of the said company complained about their wages, working conditions and lack of any form of social care for the last 13th months.
The company leaders are now using their connections in government to send the journalist to jail. Many Cameroonian journalists are subject to death threats, as part of their profession, in a country where press offenses are still not decriminalized.
By Fru James