Cameroonian journalist Paul Chouta sentenced and fined in defamation case

first_img Well-known Cameroon reporter held for nearly two years Cameroonian reporter jailed since August, abandoned by justice system CameroonAfrica Protecting journalists ImprisonedInternetCitizen-journalistsWhistleblowersFreedom of expression Receive email alerts CameroonAfrica Protecting journalists ImprisonedInternetCitizen-journalistsWhistleblowersFreedom of expression Follow the news on Cameroon The judge’s verdict was finally issued yesterday after being postponed 27 times. Paul Chouta, a reporter for the Cameroun Web media outlet and a whistleblower critical of the government, was the subject of a complaint brought by the novelist Calixthe Belaya alleging defamation and the publication of fake news.The judge sentenced him to 23 months in prison and ordered him to pay a fine of 160,000 CFA francs and a further 2 million CFA francs in damages (a total of some 3,200 euros).He was alleged to have posted online a video of her in a heated argument with a man without seeking her permission. The video lasted just a few minutes and as a result he was held for two years in pre-trial detention, the maximum sentence for the charges against him.The time he has already served in prison is more than the sentence but he must still raise the funds to pay the financial penalties to secure his release from Yaoundé’s main jail, normally reserved for the most serious offenders.“Not only has Paul Chouta had to face court proceedings and a long period of detention, but he must now pay an exorbitant sum to be able finally to leave prison,” said RSF. “The verdict is the culmination of a farcical case. There is no justification for such a long detention and final verdict unless it is an attempt to silence a troublesome voice. We call on Cameroon’s justice authorities to take firm action to protect freedom of news and information and to ensure that journalists have the right to fair treatment by the judicial system in the country.”Before his detention the journalist had been the target of threats over stories that were critical of the government. In January 2019, a few months after his arrest, he was the target of a knife attack by three unidentified assailants. After his arrest, several of his close associates were also subjected to repeated intimidation attempts by the police.Several journalists are in prison in Cameroon, where press freedom has been eroded in recent years. Amadou Vamoulké, 71, the former head of the state-owned national radio and TV broadcaster CRTV, has been held for almost five years in Kondengui prison in Yaoundé awaiting trial. The journalist Emmanuel Mbombog Mbog Matip was arrested and arbitrarily detained in August 2020 accused of publishing fake news. He has announced he will start a hunger strike from tomorrow.Cameroon is ranked 135th out of 180 countries in the 2021 World Press Freedom Index compiled by RSF. May 31, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Case against Amadou Vamoulké baseless, French lawyers tell Cameroon court May 19, 2021 Cameroonian journalist Paul Chouta sentenced and fined in defamation case April 23, 2021 Find out more News to go further Journalist Paul Chouta has been sentenced to 23 months’ imprisonment and ordered to pay several million CFA francs in fines and damages after being held for two years awaiting a trial verdict in Cameroon. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) deplores this excessive and unjustified penalty which is a serious attack on press freedom. News RSF_en News Organisation News April 19, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Duke vs. Michigan State results: Spartans stun Blue Devils for another Final Four berth

first_imgZion cleans up the miss! 😤#MarchMadness | #Elite8— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 31, 20195:07 p.m.: Reddish has checked in for Duke.5:05 p.m.: Duke turns it over and Kenny Goins slams it down to start the game.Michigan State gets this party started with a CRAM— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 31, 20195:05 p.m.: Alex O’Connell is starting for Duke over Cam Reddish, who is reportedly available to play. An action-filled Elite Eight concluded with Michigan State taking down the No. 1 overall seed Duke 68-67 on Sunday — and in dramatic fashion. A seesaw battle with several lead changes swung when Kenny Goins hit a 3 with 39 seconds left, giving the Spartans a lead they did not relent. As expected, Michigan State’s Cassius Winston and Duke’s Zion Williamson had their footprints all of the game, with both recording double-doubles. MORE: Watch college basketball live with fuboTV (7-day trial)Winston had 20 points and 10 assists, while Williamson had 24 points, 14 rebounds, three blocks and three steals in a losing effort. RJ Barrett had 21 points, but missed a key free throw down the stretch that would have tied the game.The Spartans will head to their 10th Final Four, and first since 2015. They will play West Region 3-seed Texas Tech on Saturday. Sporting News provided updates and highlights from Duke vs. Michigan State, which was played in Washington D.C.SN’s MARCH MADNESS HQLive NCAA bracket | Live scoreboard | Full TV schedule​Duke vs. Michigan State: Results, updates7:08 p.m.: Winston catches the inbounds and evades defenders and Michigan State is heading to the Final Four! 7:07 p.m.: Barrett makes the second and Duke still has two fouls to give. 7:07 p.m.: He misses the first.7:06 p.m.: RJ Barrett is fouled with five seconds left. He will shoot two with Duke trailing by two. 7:02 p.m.: Kenny Goins hits a 3 and the Spartans are ahead! ONIONS— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 31, 20197:00 p.m.: Now it’s Michigan State with a chance to capitalize. Tillman’s layup cuts it to one and the Spartans have the ball again after a defensive stop. 6:58 p.m.: Seven straight points by the Blue Devils after Tillman’s and-one. Duke leads 66-63 with a minute and a half to play. Zion’s layup caps off a 7-0 @DukeMBB run! 👀#MarchMadness | #Elite8— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 31, 20196:55 p.m.: Key defensive stop by Duke and Williamson finds Barrett for a go-ahead 3 on the other end. It’s a 64-63 Blue Devils with 2:26 left.6:50 p.m.: Duke has the ball down two as we have hit the under four-minute timeout. Heading towards another great Elite Eight finish. 6:49 p.m.: Big swing as Winston lays it in to give MSU the lead and then Tillman completes a three-point play. Spartans by four. SEND IT IN XAVIER TILLMAN— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 31, 20196:41 p.m.: Williamson is just too strong. He lays it up to tie the game. Zion has 22 points and 13 rebounds so far. He can also block some shots.Zion’s out here blocking 3-point attempts… 😳 #Elite8#MarchMadness | @DukeMBB— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 31, 20196:36 p.m.: Javin DeLaurier scores four straight points but a Kenny Goins 3 and an acrobatic layup by Matt McQuaid shifts the score to 58-56. These teams just keep going back and forth. All Matt McQuaid could do was give a Jordan shrug.— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 31, 20196:33 p.m.: Five unanswered from Winston and Tillman and the Spartans have made it 53-52. Spartans in sync! 🔨#MarchMadness | #Elite8— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 31, 20196:27 p.m.: Consecutive 3s by Reddish and Williamson have the Blue Devils ahead by four points. Cam Reddish’s 👌 gives @DukeMBB the lead! 💦#MarchMadness | #Elite8— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 31, 2019Make it 20 PTS for Zion! 👌#MarchMadness | #Elite8— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 31, 20196:25 p.m.: The seesaw battle continues with more lead changes. Big 3 by Winston to put the Spartans on top. 6:18 p.m.: The teams are going at it in the paint right. Duke briefly re-gains the lead but Michigan State gets it right back. [email protected] retakes the lead! 👀#MarchMadness | #Elite8— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 31, 20196:15 p.m.: Williamson with a dominant effort inside the paint but misses the free throw. It’s 37-34 Michigan State.Zion you are TOUGH! 😤#MarchMadness | @DukeMBB— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 31, 20196:12 p.m.: Aaron Henry opens up the second half with a dunk. Pretty fun way for @MSU_Basketball to start the half.— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 31, 20195:51 p.m.: The Spartans end the first half on a 13-0 run and lead 34-30 at the break. Best way to respond to a 12-0 run? A 13-0 run of your own! 💪#MarchMadness | @MSU_Basketball— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 31, 20195:49 p.m.: Winston with a steal and dish to Xavier Tillman and the Spartans are ahead. [email protected]_Basketball takes the lead! 😳#MarchMadness— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 31, 20195:47 p.m.: Now a 9-0 run for Michigan State and this game is tied back up. 5:42 p.m.: Cassius WInston gets back-to-back buckets to narrow the deficit down to five points. Cassius Winston hits the tough bucket to get the Spartans back on track! 💪#MarchMadness | #Elite8— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 31, 20195:40 p.m.: Williamson goes to the bench with two fouls.5:36 p.m.: Another 3! Barrett hits a triple, forcing a Spartans timeout. It is 30-21 Duke. RJ Barrett from downtown! 👌#MarchMadness | @DukeMBB— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 31, 20195:35 p.m.: The Blue Devils just keeping scoring. Williamson adds a layup and Reddish hits a 3 and they lead by six points. A @DukeMBB 9-0 run extends their lead to 6! 👀#MarchMadness | #Elite8— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 31, 20195:34 p.m.: Duke scores four points out of the break and has its first lead of the game. 5:29 p.m.: Spartans still haven’t trailed and lead by three at the third media timeout. McQuaid and RJ Barrett lead all scorers with seven points.5:27 p.m.: Michigan State’s offense is falling a little bit out of sync and Duke has responded by getting it within one. 5:20 p.m.: Both teams doing well on the offensive glass. Michigan State has six while Duke has five. Spartans lead 16-11 with 11 minutes to play in the first half. 5:16 p.m.: Matt McQuaid doing his best Zion impersonation. That Spartan speed! 😳#MarchMadness | #Elite8— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 31, 20195:11 p.m.: Slow start for both teams offensively. Michigan State leads 8-4 at the first media timeout.5:10 p.m.: Zion slam!last_img read more