Cameroonian journalist thrown into jail despite ill health

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Lewis Medjo, director of La Détente, a weekly Cameroonian journal was, Wednesday, sentenced to a three-year prison term alongside a 2 million FCFA (3000 euro) fine, TV5 announced. According to the journal the journalist, who had been in detention for the last three months, was accused of spreading false news. The journal has asked for the release of its director, whose health, considered precarious, is getting worse following the prison authority’s refusal to allow him any consultations with a medical doctor. Lewis Medjo’s arrest came after an article his journal published, last August, indicated that the Cameroonian president, Paul Biya, was using force to make the first president of the supreme court, Dipanda Mouelle, retire. He was also accused of another another article which suggested that the head of police, Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo’o, was implicated in an alleged corruption.

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