Cameroonian soldiers beat up journalist as govt. clamps down on media coverage


A Cameroonian journalist who works for the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle has received a beating by soldiers in Cameroon’s Anglophone area where separatists are fighting for independence.

Jean-Marie Ngong Song “is in serious pain with hearing difficulties” after the incident on Sunday evening in the north-western town of Bambili, the Cameroon Journalists’ Trade Union said.

Song, currently receiving treatment, is quoted by Mimi Mefo Info website as saying that his identification documents were seized.

“I was beaten, my identity card collected. They asked me to go and enter their car, I asked them to tell me what crime I committed. They didn’t.”

He said he was sent back his ID later.

Authorities have clamped down on the media’s coverage of the unrest since the trouble began in Cameroon’s English-speaking heartlands of the North-West and South-West regions in 2016.

Following a complicated colonial history, Cameroon has been using English and French as its official languages although in practice, the Francophone majority dominates, while the Anglophone minority  complain of discrimination.

About 3,000 people have died since protests over the increasing use of French in courts and schools in the English-speaking areas morphed into violence three years ago. (Source: BBC)