Songwriter Released

Singer-songwriter Lapiro de Mbanga (real name: Pierre Roger Lambo Sandjo) was freed on April 8, 2011, having completed a three-year prison sentence for allegedly instigating anti-government riots. More

Author Jailed for Insulting President’s Wife

PEN International condemns the imprisonment of author Bertrand Teyou, detained since November 2010 for "insulting" President Biya’s wife in a book published last year and for attempting to hold… More

Editors Conditionally Released

Robert Mintya (Le Devoir) and Serge Sabouang (La Nation) , who had been imprisoned for alleged forgery since February, were released conditionally pending trial but no date has been… More

Two Years On, Songwriter Remains Imprisoned

International PEN protests the continued imprisonment of singer-songwriter Lapiro de Mbanga (Pierre Roger Lambo Sandjo), whose final appeal has still not been heard despite having served more than two… More

Newspaper Publisher Sentenced to Three Years

International PEN protests the three-year prison sentence and fine given to newspaper journalist and publisher Lewis Medjo on January 7, 2009 for allegedly “publishing false news” about President Biya.… More

Newspaper Publisher to Be Detained Until 2009

International PEN protests the detention of newspaper journalist and publisher Lewis Medjo, who has been held since September 22, 2008, on charges of “publishing false news.” More

Songwriter Sentenced to Three Years’ Imprisonment

International PEN protests the three-year prison sentence and exorbitant fine imposed on the well-known singer-songwriter Lapiro de Mbanga (real name Pierre Roger Lambo Sandjo) on September 24, 2008 for… More

Songwriter Detained for Lyrics

PEN fears that well-known singer-songwriter Lapiro de Mbanga’s detention is in violation of his right to freedom of expression. More


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