Cameroon: anger and fear after the assassination of journalist Martinez Zogo

Soukaina Sghir
Soukaina Sghir
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Prince Nguimbous secretes neither his anger nor his anxiety. A poster on his stomach: “If I speak, I die”, he pays a last tribute on Monday, like a hundred Cameroonian journalists, to Martinez Zogo, kidnapped and found dead, his body mutilated.

His brothers and sisters came to lay flowers and candles at the headquarters of his private radio station Amplitude FM, in Yaoundé, where he hosted a daily program denouncing racketeering and corruption in this Central African country that ruled with an iron fist for more than 40 years by the same man, Paul Biya, and his all-powerful party.

Abducted on January 17 in the suburbs of the capital, in front of a gendarmerie station, Arsène Salomon Mbani Zogo, known as “Martinez”, 50, was found dead five days later on Sunday. “His body has obviously suffered significant abuse,” the government said.

“A respected journalist, he regularly denounced alleged embezzlement by well-known personalities, particularly in the business world. His probable assassination adds to the too long list of people killed, assaulted, convicted or intimidated in Cameroon for speaking out about human rights violations, and this with total impunity,” Amnesty International said in a statement on Monday.

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