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Dzenyagha Thomas Awah

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 18th October 2018.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his counterparts in Cameroon on the detention and treatment of the journalist Dzenyagha Thomas Awah.

Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The UK has repeatedly raised the issue of political detainees (including journalists) with the Government of Cameroon, calling for their release and for legal and humanitarian access by groups such as the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC). Access was recently granted for the ICRC to see 47 Anglophone detainees who had been extradited from Nigeria in January.

The British Government strongly supports press freedom and the rule of law, both of which are fundamental to any democratic society. All journalists must therefore be allowed to work freely and without intimidation.

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