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Vol 51 No 10

Published 14th May 2010


Cameroon

Another corruption crisis

A journalist investigating a top politician dies in gaol and the ensuing scandal damages President Biya’s claims to be Monsieur Propre – Mr Clean

The death of journalist Germain Cyrille ‘Bibi’ Ngota Ngota in the notorious Kondengui maximum security prison has caused outrage in Cameroon and abroad and could prompt political change in President Paul Biya’s ailing regime. Ngota’s demise has again undermined Biya’s claims that he is determined to address the systemic corruption in Cameroonian politics and business. On 3 May, World Press Freedom Day, the government sent armed troops to break up a peaceful protest at the news of Ngota’s death by more than 300 journalists in front of Prime Minister Philémon Yunji Yang’s office in central Yaoundé.

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