Jean Pierre Amougou Belinga, director of L'Anecdote, was sentenced on March 3 to four months in jail and fined one million CFA francs (US$1,820) on a charge of criminal defamation.
, who is free pending appeal, was also ordered to pay symbolic damages of 1 CFA franc (less than 1 U.S. cent) to Owona.
According to local journalists, at least a dozen other criminal cases have been brought against Belinga
and the other publication directors by individuals whose names were published.Authorities have alleged that the stories published by Belinga
and others were intended to defame their targets.Belinga
has stood by his
decision to publish the names, claiming to be a crusader against homosexuality in Cameroonian society.