A member of congress, Karen Bass and four senators request Paul Biya to release some journalists from the Nkondengui prison.
On May 8, Karen Bass and four senators of the United States wrote a letter to president Paul Biya.
This letter came in after the French MP Sebastien Nadot and Reporter Without Borders (RSF) had expressed concern about the situation of the former CRTV director, Amadou Vamoulke.
The former CRTV boss was arrested and imprisoned since 2016, awaiting trial for allegedly embezzling public funds.
On Friday, the member of the United States congress, Karen Bass and four senators Patrick Leahy , Benjamin L. Cardin, Richard J. Durbin and Chris Van Hollen wrote to the president of Cameroon.
They requested the president to release Amadou Valmouke (former CRTV director), not leaving out Thomas Awah Junior and Tsi Conrad arrested and imprisoned in 2017 and 2018 respectively, for publications of false news and hostilities against the fatherland.
” In the spirit of recent efforts to recognize the important work of journalists, we are writing to request the release of three journalists in Cameroon: Amadou Vamoulke, Tsi Conrad and Thomas Awah “, the dovcument reads.
The American house members are convinced that the arrest of these journalists is a blow and abuse the press freedom which the government of Cameroon has constantly violated.
” In recent years, there has been a disturbing increase in restrictions on freedom of expression and the independent media, as well as abuse of defamation laws in the country, ” they said.
For these reasons, and above all due to the deteriorating health conditions of the accused that Karen Bass and these other senators had to pen down this letter, requesting for the immediate and unconditional release of Amadou Vamoulke, Tsi Conrad and Thomas Awah Junior who has been in prison for years now.
Karen Bass for some years now has been expressing concern in the situation of Cameroon since the Anglophone Crisis begin.