Cameroon: Journalist dies in prison
26 Apr 2010

The former editor of the Cameroon Express Germain Ngota, died in a Yaoundé prison last Thursday.  Henriette Ekwee, a local union official, said Ngota suffered from high blood pressure and had not received adequate medical attention while in jail. He had been incarcerated since February with two other journalists accused “jointly forging a document with the signature of the Secretary General of the Presidency of the Republic, Laurent Esso, with the aim of discrediting him”. Before his arrest, Ngota was investigating corruption allegations involving the state-run oil company and a presidential aide. Local sources claim officials used psychological and physical torture to force Ngota to expose his sources.

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