CPJ Report: Cameroon Amongst Top Jailers of Journalists in Africa

By Augustine Nyuykongi

A recent report by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has listed Cameroon among the top jailers of Journalists in Sub-Saharan Africa. According to the report, at least 6 journalists in Cameroon have been imprisoned for alleged crimes relating to their line of profession in 2021.

The statistics from the CPJ are indicative of press censorship in Cameroon, especially since the start of the Anglophone crisis. Journalists have often received threats, gotten arrested, or even been driven to exile for performing their duties. 

Several media men have changed their line of practice, with the press censorship at an all-time high, while others have quietly gone undercover. 

A general report on the most media unfriendly nations shows that China is the worst Jailers of Journalists in the whole world. In to the CPJ report, China is said to have 50 journalists jailed for their practice. 

However, the most media unfriendly nations are particularly found in the Sub-Saharan African countries. CPJ revealed that in Africa, Eritrea is the worst jailer of journalists, with about 16 Journalists incarcerated in prisons. Ethiopia is second in this classification with 9 jailed Journalists, Rwanda with 7, and then Cameroon with 6 jailed Journalists.

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