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

PEN Appeal: Lapiro de Mbanga and Lewis Medjo

April 23, 2010 President Paul Biya Fax: +237 22 22 08 70 Mr. Philemon Yang Prime Minister Fax: +237 22 23 57 35 Your Excellencies, On behalf of the 3,400 members of PEN American Center,… 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

PEN Appeal: Lapiro de Mbanga

October 20, 2008 President Paul Biya Fax: +237 22 22 08 70 Email: [email protected] Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice Mr. Amadou Ali Fax: +237 22 23 00 05 Your Excellencies, On behalf of the 3,300… 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