Artist Alert: July 2013 | Article 19

14 August 2013

Newsletter from Article 19, published on on 14 August 2013: Art, in any form, constitutes a key medium through which information and ideas are imparted and received. Artist Alert, launched by ARTICLE 19 in 2008, highlights cases of artists around the world whose right to freedom of expression has …

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Cameroon: Abducted filmmaker found with a finger cut

11 April 2013

On 3 April 2013, the young filmmaker Richard Djimeli was found lying in the bush in the Mendong neighbourhood in the capital Yaoundé. One of his fingers had been cut. The kidnapping of Richard Fouofie Djimeli (also called Richard Djiff), a young film maker and multitalented artist, sent shock waves …

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Cameroon: PEN calls for renewed support to 
imprisoned writer

27 March 2013

PEN American Center announced that Cameroonian poet and writer Enoh Meyomesse has been named an Honorary Member of PEN and launched a dynamic interactive timeline to draw attention to his case. On 27 December 2012, Meyomesse was sentenced to seven years in prison on charges of stealing and illegally selling …

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Cameroon: Music Freedom Day event in Garoua

5 March 2013

COMPTE RENDU MUSIC FREEDOM DAY 2013 Samedi 2 mars 2013 à Garoua Par Ebah Essongue Shabba Contexte et justification Dans le monde, on ne compte plus le nombre d’artistes ou de chansons censurés sur les stations de radio, des musiciens menacés ou agressés, des artistes qui se sont vus refuser …

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Cameroon: Seven-year prison sentence confirmed for writer

9 January 2013

On 8 January 2013 it was announced that writer Enoh Meyomesse is to be honoured with an Oxfam Novib / PEN Freedom of Expression Award. More than a year after his arrest, he was sentenced to seven years in prison on 27 December 2012. The Writers in Prison Committee of …

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Cameroon/Russia: The artist vs. the state

14 December 2012

  In the session ‘THE ARTIST VS. THE STATE: THE CASE OF LAPIRO DE MBANGA AND THE CAMPAIGN FOR PUSSY RIOT’, Maran Turner and Alexander Cheparukhin give insight into two cases where artists have been speaking out and as a result ended up in prison. Maran Turner, Executive Director of …

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Cameroon: Petition for musicians

22 November 2012

  At the request of the International Federation of Musicians, LabourStart has launched a new online campaign in defense of the hundreds of members of the Musicians Union of Cameroon who were savagely attacked by police as they peacefully marched. SYCAMU President, Roméo Dika, who is also Vice-President of the …

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Cameroon: Musicians’ demonstration met with violence and arrests

15 November 2012

    On 8 November 2012, a peaceful demonstration was organised in the capital Yaounde by Cameroonian musicians who wanted to protest against the way royalties to artists are being distributed in the country. The demonstration was allegedly violently repressed by more than 1,000 policemen, and the musicians union leader …

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Cameroon: Singer Lapiro de Mbanga gets asylum in the US

13 September 2012

  Lapiro de Mbanga, who was imprisoned in Cameroon for three years for a song criticizing President Biya, has been granted asylum in the USA and arrived safely with his family on 12 September 2012. In his song ‘Constipated Constitution’ Mbanga criticized President Paul Biya for changing the constitution in …

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