13 January 1998


"La Plume du Jour" newspaper banned for past four months; Pius Njawe remains in detention

Incident details

Pius Njawe



(RSF/IFEX) - According to RSF's information, the privately-owned newspaper
"La Plume du Jour" has been under a ban for the past four months. On 11
September 1997, the day's edition was seized; the next day, the paper was
banned indefinitely. No official reason was given for the action. The 11
September issue of "La Plume du Jour" contained two articles -- one, titled
"A moralizer without morals," which criticized the country's leadership, and
the other, titled "Who are the prisons profiting?", which criticized the
country's penal system.

**New case, plus update to IFEX alert of 24 December 1997**


In a separate case, RSF renewed its calls for the release of imprisoned
journalist Pius Njawe. Njawe, editor-in-chief of "Le Messager", has been in
detention since 24 December. He is accused of spreading false news for a 22
December article in his paper reporting that President Paul Biya had
suffered heart problems during a soccer match (see IFEX alert).

Recommended Action

Send appeals to President Biya:

  • reminding him that Cameroon has ratified the International Covenant on
    Civil and Political Rights, Article 19 of which guarantees the right to
    inform and be informed, as well as Article 9 of the African Charter, which
    safeguards the same basic rights
  • asking him to respect Cameroon's international commitments, and ensure
    they are respected by others
  • urging him to use his authority to lift the ban on "La Plume du Jour"
    and secure the immediate and unconditional released of Pius Njawe

    Appeals To

    President Paul Biya
    President of the Republic of Cameroon
    Presidential Palace
    Yaounde, Cameroon
    Fax: +237 23 30 22/+237 22 16 99

    Please copy appeals to the source and to the:

    Ministry of Justice
    Yaounde, Cameroon

    Ministry of Communication
    Yaounde, Cameroon

  • Source

    Reporters Without Borders
    47, rue Vivienne
    75002 Paris, France
    rsf (@) rsf.org

    Fax:+33 1 45 23 11 51
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