Cameroon: Statement on CONVICTION OF JOURNALIST FOR DEFAMATION BY THE COURT OF BAMENDA IN THE REGION OF NORTHWEST CAMEROON.


STATEMENT

 

Douala, April 28, 2014: CONVICTION OF MR AMUNGWA TANYI Nicodemus Journalist CAMEROON AND DIRECTOR OF PUBLICATION OF THE PRIVATE WEEKLY MONITOR FOR DEFAMATION BY THE COURT OF BAMENDA IN THE REGION OF NORTHWEST CAMEROON.

March 10, 2014, Mr. Amungwa Tanyi Nicodemus was sentenced by the Court of Bamenda to four months in prison and 10 million CFA francs in damages, Mr. Amungwa Tanyi Nicodemus is being held in a prison in Bamenda.

His lawyer barrister Yijofmen Kol said he appealed the conviction and a hearing was supposed to be today.

A complaint of the Cameroon Cooperative Credit Union League (CAMCCUL), a network of microfinance institutions, has been led against Mr. Amungwa Tanyi Nicodemus for a series of articles published in The Monitor articles. The articles have alleged, among other things, that officials said institution have used and distributed unlicensed software, misappropriated funds and acts of corruption, according to a copy of the judgment obtained by CPJ. CAMCCUL denied these allegations.

A call which would have been sent since December 16, 2013, journalist never received notification of proceedings against him said his lawyer Me Yijofmen Kol however, the Court issued an arrest warrant against the journalist after announcement of the verdict, and the journalist was arrested by the police According to the judgment, the court also accused Mr. Amungwa Tanyi Nicodemus for not having responded to Yaoundé, Cameroon’s capital before being brought to a prison Bamenda.

Thus, the Network of Human Rights Defenders in Central Africa (REDHAC)

–        Is concerned by the use of archaic and underhanded methods to muzzle journalists

–        Rejects firmly all methods of intimidation and harassment of journalists in Cameroon.

Finally,

–        Asks the Cameroonian authorities to lift the sanction hanging over Mr. Amungwa Tanyi Nicodemus;

–        Demand the unconditional release of the Ombudsman for Human Rights incarcerated in prison Bamenda.

Made in Douala, the 28 April 2014

Roch Euloge N’zobo, secretary on the board of asministration od REDHAC                      

Ibrahimu Salumu Célestin,  Focal Point REDHAC  Republic of Congo                                  

Maximilienne Ngo Mbe,   Executive Director of REDHAC