The Society of African Journalists, SAJ has condemned the reported arrest and incarceration of Bamenda based journalist in Cameroon Jackson Wawa by the Cameroonian government.
According to SAJ’s sources in the country, Wawa was arrested in May 2018 on charges of publishing information emanating from the secessionist movement.
His continued incarceration is regrettable as his case has been stalled consequent upon the Presiding judge, James Dfe going on sabbatical .
In a statement signed by Michael Adeboboye, acting President of SAJ, the organisation calls for the immediate revocation of all the charges levelled against Wawa as they hold no water.
Adeboboye, said Wawa should be immediately released from detention frowning at the denial of the journalist’s basic human rights.
“Attempts by the Cameroonian government to gag the press is demonstrated by the condemnable track record which has seen it jailing more than 12 journalists since 2016.”
SAJ also noted that the Cameroonian government has in the past 30 months arrested, detained, harassed, beaten up and intimidated journalists for performing their duties as the Fourth Estate of the realm.