Cameroon: Corruption and Press Freedom

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered at on 1 February 2023.

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Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of the death of Martinez Zogo in Cameroon in January 2023 on (a) press freedom and (b) anti-corruption efforts in that country.

Photo of Andrew Mitchell Andrew Mitchell Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development), Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development and Africa)

On 23 January, the British High Commission in Yaounde issued a statement condemning the torture and killing of journalists and welcoming the Government of Cameroon's commitment to carry out a thorough investigation. The UK regularly raises human rights with the Government of Cameroon, and in January officials from the British High Commission in Yaounde met with the Cameroonian National Anti-Corruption Commission to discuss anti-corruption efforts. We will continue to urge the authorities to investigate fully the circumstances surrounding Mr Zogo's death and ensure those responsible are brought to justice.

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