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Ahmed Abba, Cameroon: CPJ is honored to present its 2017 International Press Freedom Award to Cameroonian journalist Ahmed Abba.

Ahmed Abba, 38, a correspondent for Radio France Internationale’s (RFI) Hausa service, was arrested in July 2015 as he left a press briefing at the office of a local governor in Maroua, the capital of Cameroon’s far north region, according to RFI. Abba, who was taken to the capital city of Yaoundé, was denied access to a lawyer until October 2015, RFI told CPJ. Officials did not take a statement from Abba until November 13, more than three months after his arrest, which is against the law, according to news reports that cited his lawyers.

RFI reported that Abba mostly covered refugee issues but also covered attacks carried out by Boko Haram. In a June 2016 statement, RFI said Abba’s reporting was professional and called for his immediate release.

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Ahmed Abba, Cameroon: CPJ is honored to present its 2017 International Press Freedom Award to Cameroonian journalist Ahmed Abba.Ahmed Abba, 38, a correspondent for Radio France Internationale’s (RFI) Hausa service, was arrested in July 2015 as he left a press briefing at the office of a local governor in Maroua, the capital of Cameroon’s far north region, according to RFI. Abba, who was taken to the capital city of Yaoundé, was denied access to a lawyer until October 2015, RFI told CPJ. Officials did not take a statement from Abba until November 13, more than three months after his arrest, which is against the law, according to news reports that cited his lawyers.RFI reported that Abba mostly covered refugee issues but also covered attacks carried out by Boko Haram. In a June 2016 statement, RFI said Abba’s reporting was professional and called for his immediate release.Ahmed Abba, Cameroon: CPJ is honored to present its 2017 International Press Freedom Award to Cameroonian journalist Ahmed Abba.Ahmed Abba, 38, a correspondent for Radio France Internationale’s (RFI) Hausa service, was arrested in July 2015 as he left a press briefing at the office of a local governor in Maroua, the capital of Cameroon’s far north region, according to RFI. Abba, who was taken to the capital city of Yaoundé, was denied access to a lawyer until October 2015, RFI told CPJ. Officials did not take a statement from Abba until November 13, more than three months after his arrest, which is against the law, according to news reports that cited his lawyers.