Douala, Cameroon (African Boulevard News) – Journalist and Activist Suspended
Cameroonian journalist and activist Boris Bertolt has been suspended from the Inter Diaspora Combattante (IDC) in France, following his support for the controversial businessman, Jean-Pierre Amougou Belinga. The decision was taken by the IDC Council, which believes that Bertolt’s support for Amougou Belinga goes against the organization’s principles. This incident has created a sense of disillusionment and pessimism among those who once admired Bertolt’s dedication to social issues.
Controversial Businessman and Bertolt’s Support
Jean-Pierre Amougou Belinga, a controversial figure, has been at the center of numerous scandals and allegations of corruption in Cameroon. Despite these concerns, Bertolt has chosen to support Amougou Belinga, Who also is currently under arrest for his involvement in the gruesome assassination of Journalist Martinez Zogo.
IDC Council’s Decision
The IDC Council, comprised of members from various Cameroon diaspora organizations such as La BAS, Les AMAZONES, Les BOBBI TANAP, and the CCD (Conseil des Camerounais de la Diaspora), convened in cities including Bruxelles, Berlin, Genève, Madrid, Montréal, Paris, Rome, and Washington on February 23, 2023. The council decided to suspend Bertolt, citing his support for Amougou Belinga as contrary to the IDC’s core values and objectives.
Consequences of Suspension
The suspension of Boris Bertolt from the IDC has raised questions about the integrity of journalists and activists in Cameroon. This unsettling development undermines public trust in journalists who are supposed to be the voice of the oppressed and vulnerable. It also casts a shadow over the future of Cameroonian journalism and activism, as many are concerned about the influence of controversial figures on those who are supposed to hold them accountable.
Impact on Press Freedom and Human Rights
The suspension of Bertolt further highlights the challenges that journalists face when reporting on powerful and controversial individuals in Cameroon. By aligning himself with Amougou Belinga, Bertolt has not only jeopardized his own credibility but also the credibility of those who depend on him for accurate and reliable information. This incident serves as a stark reminder of the need for journalistic integrity, particularly in a climate where press freedom and human rights are constantly under threat.
A Pessimistic Outlook
The suspension of Boris Bertolt from the IDC leaves many feeling disillusioned and concerned about the future of journalism and activism in Cameroon. As powerful and controversial figures continue to wield influence over the media and activists, the prospects for a free and independent press become increasingly grim. The current state of affairs serves as a call to action for those who value democracy, human rights, and press freedom to remain vigilant and hold those in power accountable.
In conclusion, the suspension of Cameroonian journalist and activist Boris Bertolt from the Inter Diaspora Combattante (IDC) due to his support for controversial businessman, and suspected assassin of Martinez Zogo, Jean-Pierre Amougou Belinga has raised significant concerns about the future of journalism and activism in Cameroon. The incident has not only undermined public trust in journalists but also called into question the role and influence of powerful figures in society.