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Cameroon Ambassador summoned after attack on Swiss journalist at Biya’s hotel

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The Cameroon Ambassador to Switzerland has been summoned following attack on a Swiss journalists by men alleged to be body guards of the Head of State Paul Biya.

According to Swissinfo, a foreign ministry spokesperson confirmed Switzerland had taken “diplomatic steps” with Cameroon following the incident.

“The ambassador of Cameroon was summoned to Bern and informed by the Swiss foreign ministry that such incidents are unacceptable, and that freedom of the press id protected and must be respected,” Georg Farago, a spokesperson of the Swiss Foreign Ministry is quoted by Swissinfo.

“Switzerland recalls that it is very committed to freedom of expression and the press as well as to respect for the rules in the public sphere.”

On Wednesday, tensions ran high after the reported attack of a Swiss journalist working for Public broadcaster RTS by allege bodyguards of the Head of State  infront of the Intercontinental Hotel in Geneva where Paul Biya is lodging since Sunday with his wife Chantal Biya.

According to the journalist, when demonstrations began, several men ran out of the hotel to chase them away. He remained infront of the hotel and said was mishandled by the men who forcibly took his equipment while he was filming. They later on returned it to him after three hours of negotiations with the Swiss police. After the incidence, he filed a ccomplaint against them.



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