G. McConway
January 24, 2023

Cameroon Journalist Found Dead After Abduction

Martinez Zogo is a prominent Cameroonian journalist who was abducted last week.

On Sunday, his body turned up, and it was not pleasant.

Zogo’s body turned up near the capital city of Yaounde badly mutilated.

Horrible State of Affairs

We have seen the problems for journalists in other countries that dare to report the truth about corrupt government, and Africa is no different.

According to Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Zogo had been reporting on alleged embezzlement involving a media outlet with government connections.

He apparently knew he was about to be taken and tried to enter a local police station when his assailants snatched him up on January 17.

Cameroon’s journalists’ trade union stated, “Cameroonian media has just lost one of its members, a victim of hatred and barbarism. Where is the freedom of the press, freedom of opinion and freedom of expression in Cameroon when working in the media now entails a mortal risk?”

This is what happens when you don’t have the protections of a Constitution such as ours, which makes it all the more disappointing that our media abuses its privilege by picking and choosing narratives rather than just reporting the news.

On its website, RSF states, “Although Cameroon has one of the richest media landscapes in Africa, it is one of the continent’s most dangerous countries for journalists, who operate in a hostile and precarious environment.”

Charlie Amie Tchouemou, editor-in-chief of Amplitude FM, confirmed Zogo’s death and abduction.

This is far from the first incident such as this.

Dating back to 2015, Radio France Internationale reporter Ahmed Abba was arrested and put in jail for two years.

In 2019, reporter Paul Chouta, who worked for private news website Cameroon Web, was beaten and stabbed.

And these are but a few of the attacks on journalists in the area.

Source: New York Post

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