Cameroonian Journalists Mount Pressure For Release Of Colleague

Samuel Wazizi, CMTV Journalist

By Paul Njie & Njodzeka Danhatu

Calls have heightened across Cameroon, for the release of detained Anglophone journalist Samuel Wazizi.

Police in Muea on Tuesday August 6, refused to release former pidgin newscaster with CMTV Buea, Samuel Wazizi who was arrested days ago on allegations that he had been collaborating with separatist fighters.

Following his detention, a delegation from the Cameroon Journalists Trade Union (SNJC) went to the Muea Police station on Tuesday August 6, to know why their colleague was arrested.

The Commissioner said that Wazizi was not cooperating with police investigators, and revealed he was arrested for allegedly collaborating with separatist fighters.

The Commissioner further accused Wazizi of sharing messages from the secessionists, aimed at scaring the population, and alleged that the journalist’s farmland has been transformed to a camp hosting Ambazonia fighters–claims which Wazizi denied.

The delegation of journalists quoted their detained colleague as saying “there is no camp on my farm land, and I am ready to take anyone to my farm to justify what I am saying.”

Journalists across the country have called for the immediate release of Samuel Wazizi, insisting “journalism is not a crime.”

Since the start of the Anglophone crisis in 2016, Anglophone journalists have been targeted by both the defence and security forces, and armed separatist fighters.

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