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CPJ demands the release of radio Journalist McCarthy

The Committee to Protect Journalists has asked Cameroonian authorities to immediately release an anglophone radio broadcaster Akumbom Elvis McCarthy from detention after the Cameroon military court ordered that he must be held for at least six months.

The CPJ also called on the government to ensure that the country’s military courts are not used to prosecute journalists.

“Akumbom Elvis McCarthy should not have been arrested in the first place and should be immediately released without charge,” said CPJ Africa Program Coordinator Angela Quintal.

“We condemn Cameroon’s use of a military tribunal to prosecute a civilian, which is in violation of international law,” she added.

Last month, on 10 April, a military tribunal ordered that McCarthy, a popular Bamenda based Pidgin news presenter, who works for Abakwa FM, a Bamenda based radio station in the North West region, be remanded in custody for a renewable six-month period while police investigate claims that the journalist aired secessionist propaganda.

In September last year, CPJ published “Journalists not Terrorists: In Cameroon, anti-terror legislation is used to silence critics and suppress dissent,” a special report that documented how journalists in the country faced reprisal for their reporting.

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