Late on Wednesday, military police in the capital, Yaoundé, provisionally released Raphael Kamtchuen, editor of the private monthly La Boussole, after six days of detention without charge on accusations of possessing a classified official document, according to local news reports and local journalists. The nature of the document was not immediately clear. Kamtchuen was arrested by prison guards at Yaoundé's Kondengui Prison while leaving the facility after interviewing jailed former Finance Minister Polycarpe Abah Abah, who is serving a sentence for corruption. Kamtchuen was summoned to appear before a prosecutor today.
authorities must clarify why they detained Raphael Kamtchuen," said CPJ Africa
Also on Wednesday,
security forces prevented at least eight journalists from filming police
a protest march in the commercial city of Douala, according to local journalists. Plainclothes
security agents picked up Agence France-Presse correspondent Reinier Kaze and held him overnight, defense
lawyer Levi Deffo told CPJ. Police confiscated or destroyed footage
or photographs taken by cameramen Warren
Nzedeu of private Equinoxe TV and
Charles Talom of pan-African satellite station
""We call on the authorities to hold to account members of the security forces and government who abuse their powers to prevent journalists from documenting their activities," Keita said.