The spokesman of the government stigmatizes the release of the French media after the condemnation of its correspondent to 10 years in prison.
The reaction of the Cameroonian government was to be expected. Following the condemnation of his correspondent Ahmed Abba to a ten-year prison sentence (convicted of “laundering of terrorism” and “non-denunciation of terrorist acts“), RFI issued a statement of its “consternation.”
For Radio France Internationale, “it is the freedom to inform and to be informed which is called into question. RFI is calling for the general mobilization of all those in the world who are fighting to defend this fundamental right “, the released read. Also, the radio gave the floor to the president of the National Union of Journalists of Cameroon (SNJC).
Denis Nkwebo said bluntly that “this is a punishment against the press. It is a desire to criminalize the profession of journalist in Cameroon because all that is reproached to Ahmed Abba is to have been in a professional situation.
So much too much for Yaoundé. The response of the Cameroonian government fell yesterday, April 25, 2017 in the news of 8 pm of the CRTV radio. “We have to trust our justice. It was on the grounds of the exercise of his profession of journalist that he (Ahmed Abba ed) was convicted and tried. I take the opportunity to say that this gentleman, in view of the evidence at the disposal of the Military Court, this journalist or pseudo-journalist is nothing more than an outgrowth of Boko Haram hiding behind the respectable facade of RFI to perpetrate his acts, “said the spokesman of the government.
Citing as an example the administrative tolerance applied to allow several audiovisual media to function without fulfilling the prerequisites, Issa Tchiroma Bakary affirmed that Cameroon is a country where freedom of press is a reality. “What RFI did is unacceptable,” added the Minister of Communication, referring to the media ramdam maintained by RFI after the condemnation of our colleague.