Cameroon Politics

Cameroon journalist Mimi Mefo acquitted of all charges

The case pitting the State against  Mimi Mefo Takambou, Editor In Chief for English Service at EQUINOXE Television, has been discontinued and the accuse,  acquitted of all charges against her by the Douala Military Court, her lawyer said Monday.

Mimi, who had been charged by a military court of committing a ‘state security’ offence, was released on Saturday, in the Southern city of Douala.

After she was released, the army’s spokesman Colonel Didier Badjeck said the decision to stop the prosecution was taken personally by President Paul Biya as “a gesture of magnanimity.”

She was accused of propagating false information and attempt on state security after she was quizzed on Wednesday November by judicial authorities before she was later detained the same day.

She was accused to have relayed a tweet that attributes the death of Charles Wesco, the American missionary killed in Bamenda to the Cameroonian army.

Mimi, who is the English desk editor and journalist at the privately-run Equinoxe Television, and also runs a personal blog, where she regularly reports on the security crisis in the the two English-speaking regions of Cameroon.

For over a year now, government security forces have been engaged in armed conflict with separatists in the Anglophone Northwest and Southwest regions.

According to an October update by the UN’s refugee agency OCHA, there are a total of 437,000 people from the anglophone regions displaced within the country, while some 27,000 people have fled to Nigeria.

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Biya, 85, who was sworn in for his seventh term in office this month, has ruled out secession for the English-speaking regions, home to around a fifth of Cameroon’s 22 million people



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