27 January 1998


Journalist sentenced to three years in prison

Incident details

Samuel Eleme


legal action

(RSF/IFEX) - According to RSF, on 16 January 1998, Samuel Eleme, publication
director of the magazine "La Detente", was convicted of "defamation" and
sentenced to three years in prison and a fine of 10,000FF. This conviction
follows from a series of articles published in October 1997 accusing John
Mandengue Epee, director of a Cameroonian insurance company, of having
committed a number of thefts in Nigeria before coming to Cameroon as a refugee.

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  • reminding him that Cameroon has ratified the International Covenant on
    Civil and Political Rights, Article 19 of which guarantees the freedom to
    inform and be informed, as well as the African Charter of Human Rights,
    Article 9 of which guarantees the same rights and calling on Cameroon to
    respect these committments to the international community
  • expressing concern at the deterioration of working conditions for
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  • calling on him to support alternatives to prison sentences for alleged
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