President Paul Biya
Mr. Philemon Yang, Prime Minister
6. September 2010
Fears for health of imprisoned editor
The Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) of Norwegian PEN is seriously concerned about the health of Le Devoir editor Robert Mintya, who has been imprisoned pending trial for alleged forgery since February 2010. Mintya has recently been transferred to hospital after being attacked by another prisoner, but reportedly has limited access to medical care. The WiPC recalls the 22 April death in custody of Cameroun Express editor Germain “Bibi” Ngota Ngota, attributed to lack of medical attention, and calls on the Cameroonian authorities to ensure that Mintya receives adequate care. It calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Mintya and co-defendant Serge Sabouang, editor of La Nation, as well as of singer-songwriter Lapiro de Mbanga (aka Pierre Roger Lambo Sandjo), all detained in violation of their right to freedom of expression. It also calls for an end to the harassment of recently released publisher Lewis Medjo.
Member of Norwegian PEN, WiPC