Mimi Mefo, a well-known English-speaking Cameroonian journalist, was imprisoned on Wednesday night 7 on Thursday November 8 in Douala, after being charged by a military court for insulting state security, according to her lawyer.
Mimi Mefo, deputy editor and star presenter at Equinoxe TV, a private television channel in Douala, "was imprisoned and incarcerated (...) in New Bell prison," said Alice Nkom, head of a collective Eleven lawyers formed to defend the journalist.
According to Nkom, who described the charges as "fantastic", she was remanded in custody by the government commissioner at the Douala military court. She should be judged by the military court of Douala on Monday.
He is accused of relaying a post saying that they are bullets of the army that killed the American missionary Wesco
He is accused of having "relayed, while indicating the source, a post saying that it is bullets of the army which killed theAmerican missionary Charles Trumann Wesco ", who succumbed at the end of October to his wounds after an attack in the English-speaking North West Provincesaid Nkom.
"His innocence is established"
"Can we prove to ourselves that it is false? We do not know, since we are dealing with an army whose soldiers can shoot a child at close range, which the authorities deny before changing their minds, "she said. In another post, the journalist relayed the version of the Cameroonian Ministry of Defense, blaming the responsibility of the death of the American missionary to the English-speaking separatists.
"His innocence is established and the proof that (his) imprisonment was planned is scathing," responded the National Union of Journalists of Cameroon (SNJC). Reporters Without Borders (RSF) also called for the immediate release of the Equinoxe TV journalist. "Journalists who cover the anglophone crisis are not criminals! According to the NGO.
Since the presidential election, at least six journalists have been arrested in Cameroon, two of whom remain in prison
Anglophone, Mimi Mefo, in addition to her responsibilities at Equinoxe TV, runs a website on which she regularly reports on the news of the two Anglophone regions of the North-West and South-West, in the grip of an armed conflict for a year. Since the holding of the October 7 presidential election, at least six journalists have been arrested in Cameroon, two of whom remain incarcerated, according to a count made by AFP.
Michel Biem Tong, promoter of a website, was arrested on 23 October and remained in detention on Thursday for alleged "apology" secession.
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