Call for jour­nal­ist to be re­leased

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - WORLD - | African News Agency (ANA)

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.

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