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International PEN Appeal
Singer sentenced to three years in jail
Lapiro de Mbanga: ‘Prison’ – video on YouTube
Journalists imprisoned in Cameroun
Writers in Prison Committee of PEN International reported that the editors Robert Mintya (Le Devoir) and Serge Sabouang (La Nation) were arrested and briefly detained in early February 2010, along with editor Germain “Bibi” Ngota Ngota (Cameroun Express),and reporter Simon Hervé Nko’o (Bebela).
The journalists had been investigating alleged corruption involving Laurent Esso, Secretary General of the President’s Office, and the state-run oil company, National Hydrocarbons Company (SNH), of which Esso is also board chairman. Nko’o, who was reportedly tortured while in custody, went into hiding following his release.
Robert Mintya and Serge Sabouang were released on 24 November 2010 on orders of the President.
Author imprisoned for insulting President’s wife
In March 2011, Writers in Prison Committee of PEN International is running a campaign for the author Bertrand Teyou who is serving a two-year prison sentence for ‘insulting’ President Paul Biya’s wife in his 2010 book ‘La belle de la république bananière: Chantal Biya, de la rue au palais’ (‘The belle of the banana republic: Chantal Biya, from the streets to the palace’).
An interview with Teyou in prison
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