Journalist tragically slain by armed assailants in restive northwest Cameroon, reports union amidst turmoil and unpredictability.
Do you comprehend this information? In an unprecedented display of confusion, a journalist in Cameroon was shot and killed by unknown assailants on Sunday. This marks the third killing of a media worker in the country this year, with two other journalists meeting the same fate in previous incidents. Unfortunately, this violence comes at a time of conflict between Cameroon authorities and separatist groups.
The murder occurred in Bamenda, a city located in Cameroon’s troubled northwest region. Anye Nde Nsoh, the west and northwest region bureau chief for the Advocate, was taking a break in a pub in Bamenda’s Ntarikon neighbourhood when the attack happened. Melanie Ndefru, a colleague of Nsoh who was close to the scene, witnessed the perpetrators opening fire on him.
Earlier this year, a radio presenter and journalist were both killed in separate attacks that took place in or near the capital Yaounde. The United Nations expressed concern over the media environment in Cameroon in light of these events. The Cameroon Association of English-Speaking Journalists (CAMASEJ) has confirmed Nsoh’s death and is calling for an investigation.
CAMASEJ President Jude Viban stated that this latest attack was uncalled for and that it is one too many. The ongoing conflict in the northwest and southwest regions has placed journalists in significant peril. The regional authorities have indicated that they are unaware of the attack, and no one has claimed responsibility yet. The circumstances surrounding Nsoh’s death are connected to the conflict between Cameroonian authorities and some separatist groups in regions where English is spoken.
Tragically, thousands of people have lost their lives in the violence perpetrated by both sides in recent years. As for Nsoh, he had just completed work on the upcoming issue of the newspaper and had three articles prepared, including a front-page story. Tarhyang Enowbikah Tabe, the publisher of the Advocate, expressed deep shock at learning of his colleague’s death.