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Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers

[The Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR), 1948, Article 19]

(1) Everyone shall have the right to hold opinions without interference.

(2) Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art or through any other media of his choice….”

[Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Article 19. Adopted and opened for signature, ratification and accession by General Assembly resolution 39/46 of 10 December 1984 entry into force 26 June 1987, in accordance with article 27 (1)]

On December 11, 2016, masked officers of Cameroun abducted Zigoto Tchaya, a reporter with the broadcaster France 24, after Tchaya interviewed barrister Harmony Bobga, who had articulated to him the plight of Ambazonians under occupation by Cameroun.

The Cameroun’s Minister of Communications on December 1, 2016 signed an order to private broadcasters instructing them to stop broadcasting political debates on the freedom of Ambazonia: “Owners of private radio and TV stations are called upon to stop all roundtable discussions on their networks concerning the current political atmosphere in the southwest region [which is the Southern Zone of Ambazonia].”

In January 2017, the colonial governor Adolphe Lele Lafrique, ordered Radio Hot Cocoa to suspend all activities until further notice, because of its coverage of the Ambazonia independence revolution. This is one in an endless series of attacks on the media.

Beginning in January 2017, the government of Cameroun shot down the internet in Ambazonia for 93 days, in a bid to stifle the flow of information through the internet that continuously serves as a tool for showing to the world the atrocities of Cameroun in Ambazonia.

Miss Nadesh Omaghen is a Reporter at the Cameroon Report (TCR ) based in Bamenda, a newspaper that has reported on the human and people’s rights of Ambazonia. She was and remains detained without charge as she went to visit her supervisor in prison. Cameroon Report is a digital media established by her supervisor who was arbitrarily arrested in July 2017 and locked up in Bamenda for reporting on the right of the people of Ambazonia to self-determination. Nadesh and six other workers including a sales agent were invited by the military officers to bring written statements. Unfortunately, she and six others after submitting the written statement as they were summoned never returned home since August 18th, 2017.

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