Call for jour­nal­ist to be re­leased

The Sunday Independent - - WORLD - | African News Agency (ANA) AP Reuters

CAMEROO­NIAN civil so­ci­ety groups have called for the re­lease of jour­nal­ist Mimi Mefo, who works for the pri­vately owned Equinoxe tele­vi­sion and ra­dio sta­tion.

Mefo was ar­rested on Wed­nes­day and stands ac­cused of “prop­a­gat­ing false news that jeop­ar­dises state se­cu­rity and of com­mit­ting cyber crimes”.

Groups in­clud­ing the Com­mit­tee to Pro­tect Jour­nal­ists and Cameroon Jour­nal­ists’ Trade Union con­demned her ar­rest and called for her im­me­di­ate re­lease, the East African re­ported.

De­spite the con­sti­tu­tion guar­an­tee­ing free­dom of ex­pres­sion in a coun­try that has about 500 news­pa­pers and 100 ra­dio and TV sta­tions, free­dom of the press is not guar­an­teed, with leg­is­la­tion em­pow­er­ing of­fi­cials to ban news­pa­pers based on a claimed threat. TURKEY had given record­ings on the killing of Saudi jour­nal­ist Ja­mal Khashoggi to Saudi Ara­bia, the US, Ger­many, France and Bri­tain, Pres­i­dent Tayyip Er­do­gan said yes­ter­day.

Turkish sources said pre­vi­ously au­thor­i­ties had an au­dio record­ing pur­port­edly doc­u­ment­ing the mur­der.

Khashoggi, a critic of de facto Saudi ruler Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man, was killed in Saudi Ara­bia’s Is­tan­bul con­sulate last month in a hit which Er­do­gan says was or­dered at the “high­est lev­els” of the Saudi govern­ment. |

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