Jailed Cameroonian writer Patrice Nganang has been freed

23 Jan 2018
Jailed Cameroonian writer Patrice Nganang has been freed

PEN South Africa notes with gladness that Cameroonian writer and Stony Brook college professor Patrice Nganang has been freed from detention in Cameroon.

As Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director of PEN America wrote in a press release earlier this week:

He was arrested on December 7 while visiting Cameroon, but is now free. Just last night [19 January] he attended PEN America’s New Members New Books event and shared his story.

Nganang’s story demonstrates the high cost of free expression and press freedom in Cameroon. Investigating corruption or commenting unfavorably on political or human rights issues frequently results in official repercussions for writers and journalists. His is only the latest example of a string of writers commenting on sensitive subjects who risk police questioning, lawsuits, detention, or imprisonment.

PEN South Africa would like to congratulate and thank our colleagues at PEN America for their contribution to freeing Professor Nganang.