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Annual Prison Census 2009: Cameroon

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date 8 December 2009
Cite as Committee to Protect Journalists, Annual Prison Census 2009: Cameroon, 8 December 2009, available at: [accessed 21 February 2018]
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Journalists in prison as of December 1, 2009

Cameroon: 1

Lewis Medjo, La Détente Libre
Imprisoned: September 22, 2008

On January 7, 2009, a judge in the commercial city of Douala sentenced Medjo, editor of the weekly tabloid La Détente Libre, to three years in prison and a fine of 2 million CFA francs (US$4,500) on charges of publishing false news, according to local journalists and news reports. Medjo was being held at Douala's New Bell Prison.

Medjo was arrested in September 2008 in connection with a column incorrectly speculating that President Paul Biya had fired Alexis Dipanda Mouelle, president of the Supreme Court, according to the same sources. The story was based on a presidential decree that did not extend Mouelle's term, according to Editor-in-Chief Michée Medjo Gatheu.

While in detention, Medjo suffered heart trouble, and a doctor at Douala's Laquintinie Hospital diagnosed him with a severe ear infection, according to Gatheu. Medjo was seeking medical parole in late year.

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