Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today vigorously condemned the explosive device
attack against a newspaper and a printing industry in the capital city of
Yaoundé in Cameroon.
« We regret this press freedom violation
act and call on authorities in Cameroon to deeply investigate this attack so as
to bring the perpetrators to justice”, said Gabriel Baglo, IFJ Africa Director.
Cameroon’s national journalists union (SNJC in French), an IFJ affiliate, an
explosive device attack took place in the night of November 25 to 26 against
Press-Book Communications premises in Yaoundé, which has a newspaper and a
SNJC collected the
version of Mr. Lambert Fotso Tchamekwen the promoter of the newspaper and print
industry who said that a commando of six hooded persons, on board two vehicles
violently appeared in the premises, seriously injuring the
They break into the
premises where two devices exploded damaging two rotation presses. They left in
their retreat detonation accessories and military effects.
“After a brief analysis of the modus
operandi, it looks as if this attack is far from being a villainous crime. It
is a terrorist act which perpetrators are still free while their backers and
the motives remain unknown,” said Félix Cyriaque Ebolé Bola, SNJC President.
The IFJ joins SNJC to express its
solidarity to the instigator and owner of Press-Book Communications. It warns
those who by diverse means, including the most violent, are compromising press
freedom and intimidating those who support its causes.
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