Cameroon government has detained five journalists who were reporting on the country’s unrest accusing them of “propagating false information.”
The media houses that call on the officials for their release saying that they were arrested just because of critical and detailed reporting on the country’s insurgency operations.
Despite the accusations, the government has not charged any of the journalists.
Popular TV host Mimi Mefo is the latest journalist to have targetted, with the military legal body ordering her appearance before it.
“The problem here actually are my reports, my debates, my social media reports and my day to day, minute by minute updates on my website and social media on political and social issues in Cameroon. When you report the atrocities, you are threatened and considered as an enemy,” she was quoted in a report.
In another instance journalist Michel Biem, known for critical reporting of the military’s atrocities in the fight against Boko Haram terrorists, was detained on October 23 by the police.
Criticising the actions, The Committee to Protect Journalists has called on the government to drop the charges against the journalists.
The country ranked 129 out of 180 countries in the world in the World Press Freedom Index.