Reporters Without Borders has urged Cameroonian authorities to immediately release detained web journalist Paul Chouta.
Paul Chouta who is charged with defamation appeared in court earlier this week but the matter was adjourned following the absence of the civil party.
#Cameroun Déjà un mois et demi de détention préventive pour @Paulchouta. Un journaliste ne devrait pas se retrouver en prison pour diffamation. @RSF_inter appelle à sa libération. https://t.co/rOeluu4w4r
— RSF (@RSF_inter) July 11, 2019
However, Reporter Without Borders says a journalist is not supposed to be in jail because of defamation and urged Cameroonian authorities to immediately release him.
“It’s already a month and a half since Paul Chouta was detained. A journalist should not be detaained on grounds of defamation. Reporters Without Borders calls for his immediate release,” the organisation tweeted.
Paul Chouta was arrested on June 10 in Yaounde following a complaint filed by Franco Cameroonian writer Calixthe Beyala who has since failed to appear in court.