Source: www.africanakua.com | Mafany Tande Myles, Cameroon
Winner of the 2019 Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Award for Journalism, Mimi Mefo Takambou is a Cameroonian born journalist who hails from the French speaking West Region of Cameroon and the conflict-hit English speaking North West Region of Cameroon.
Mimi is one of the most persecuted journalists in Cameroon due to her constant reportage on the conflicts that are plaguing the English speaking regions of Cameroon. In Cameroon, the regime uses cyber-crime laws among many to threaten and silence the media.
Since the outbreak of the Anglophone crisis in November 2016, journalists have been arrested and jailed for doing their jobs and Mimi was no stranger to these arrests. In November 2018, she was cuffed, arrested, and imprisoned for reporting the killing of an American missionary by the name of Charles Trumann Wesco after the latter died from a gunshot wound he got. Fortunately, she was released some days later after an unexpected national and international pressure.
Mimi became the first ever female editor-in-chief of private owned media house Equinoxe TV and Radio in April 2018. In September 2018, she established her own news platform, Mimi Mefo Info which aims at providing Cameroonians and readers globally about the violence and unrest in Cameroon.
Currently, Mimi Mefo Takambou is in the United Kingdom for her five-month residency with English PEN. Since her arrival in February 2019 in the UK, Mimi has met with fellow writers and activists to discuss press freedom concerns in Cameroon and beyond.
While at the UK, Mimi still continues to report on the happenings in Cameroon and presses for the release of her colleagues who are still jailed in Cameroon. She is a devoted advocate for press freedom in Cameroon and needs the support of the masses as well to make her voice louder and clearer. A shout out to brave and doughty woman like you Mimi. We will forever support you.