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September 9, 2011 - Updated on January 20, 2016

President accused journalists of being dishonest and corrupt


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A confidential cable from the US embassy in Yaoundé, dated 6 October 2008 and released by WikiLeaks on 30 August 2011, reported that President Paul Biya had accused his country’s press of being dishonest and corrupt during a meeting with ambassador Janet Garvey.

The cable said: “Acknowledging the need for a free press, Biya nonetheless denigrated Cameroon’s media saying, ‘they write things that are untrue and publish stories in exchange for money,’ and complained that a free press needs to be more ‘responsible’.”