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Cameroon journalist Mimi Mefo released on Biya's orders

Cameroon journalist Mimi Mefo released on Biya's orders

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<p>Reports from Cameroon indicate that charges against journalist Mimi Mefo had been dropped as she appeared before the military tribunal of Monday.</p> <p>The local Equinoxe TV channel, Mefo’s employers, reported that the decision to drop the charges had come from the presidency. There is no official explanation to the current development.</p> <p>Mefo, a reference point in coverage of ongoings in the country’s restive Anglophone regions was arrested last week on charges of endangering state security.</p> <p>She was specifically accused of publishing false information about clashes between the army and separatist militias. The specific case being a tweet that attributes the death of Charles Wesco, the American missionary killed in Bamenda to the Cameroonian army.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">American missionary Charles Trumann Wesco shot today by Cameroon soldiers near Bamenda, North West Region of Cameroon. He is an Indiana.<br /> <br /> This is not the first case , soldiers three months back, killed a Ghanaian pastor on pastoral mission in the North West region.<br /> <br /> Source: <span class="caps">CNA</span> <a href="https://t.co/ArW05A7Vmv">pic.twitter.com/ArW05A7Vmv</a></p>— Mimi237 (@Mimimefo237) <a href="https://twitter.com/Mimimefo237/status/1057339246300852224?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 30, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>She was detained after a brief appearance before the military court and hurriedly transferred to the New Bell prison in the city of Douala.</p> <p>Activists, press and human rights groups launched the #FreeMimiMefo online campaign, calling for her immediate release. She was freed on Saturday after about two days behind bars.</p> <p>Since her release and subsequent appearance before the court on Monday; Mefo has only tweeted a thank you message to persons that called for her release.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Your mobilisation, love and support made me stronger. I will forever remain grateful. I just did my job and thanks for believing in me.<br /> To speak for the voiceless will forever remain my passion. We are a family and family is everything!<br /> Thank You!????<a href="https://t.co/96dshMYLFi">https://t.co/96dshMYLFi</a></p>— Mimi237 (@Mimimefo237) <a href="https://twitter.com/Mimimefo237/status/1061570226893062144?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 11, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
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