SAJ Condemns Incarceration of Journalist, Jackson Wawa by Cameroonian Government
The Society of African Journalists, (SAJ) has condemned the arrest and incarceration of a Bamenda based journalist, Jackson Wawa Nfor by the Cameroonian government.
Jackson Wawa was arrested in May 2018 on charges of publishing information deemed as emanating from the secessionist and threat to life.
Since then he has been in detention, with his case stalled as the Presiding judge, Bup Stanley went on sabbatical till date.
In a statement signed by it’s acting President, Michael Adeboboye, SAJ calls for the impede revocation of all the charges leveled against Jackson Wawa as they hold no water.
“Similarly Mr Jackson should be immediately release from detention as SAJ frowns on his prolonged incarceration which is close to 24 months.
“SAJ further condemns attempt by Cameroonian government to gag the press while noting that the government has jailed more than 12 pressmen and women since 2016.
“It is with concern and sadness that the management of SAJ notes that the Cameroonian government has in the past 30 months arrested, detained, harassed, beaten up and intimidated journalists for doing their duty as watchdogs of the society”.
“This situation is not only inimical to the practice of journalism in Cameroon but it is also injurious to the Cameroonian authority as it would be seen as autocratic, dictatorial and officials of the government would be blacklisted in the future”. He said.