Journalists Not Terrorists: In Cameroon, anti-terror legislation is used to silence critics and suppress dissent

AFP

In 2014, Cameroon enacted a broad anti-terror law as part of its effort to counter the extremist group Boko Haram, but authorities are using it to arrest and threaten local journalists who report on the militants or unrest in the country’s English-speaking regions. A presidential decree in August 2017 ended legal proceedings against at least four journalists, but the laws that were used against them are still in place. RFI broadcaster Ahmed Abba remains in jail. With elections due to take place next year, many of Cameroon’s journalists say they are too scared to cover politics or sensitive issues.

A special report by the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Published September 20, 2017

This report is available in French

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Journalists Not Terrorists: In Cameroon, anti-terror legislation is used to silence critics and suppress dissent

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COVER PHOTO: A Cameroon fan cheers his team in the African Cup of Nations in 2010. Cameroon, which is due to host the tournament in 2019, has been using anti-terror laws to silence its critics. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)

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