An incident of aggression on three Algerian journalists has strongly been condemned by the Confederation of African Football. The Algerian media men were attacked by armed individuals on the streets of Douala, Cameroon’s economic capital.
In a CAF communique raising concerns about security threats during the AFCON, a message was passed to Cameroonian authorities calling on them to carry out investigations about the incident.
Read full content of CAF’s communique below, released on January 10:
“The Confederation of African Football has been informed that during the night of January 9, in Douala at about 10 pm, journalists of Algerian nationality were victims of armed aggression carried out on the street by unidentified individuals. The victims were robbed of their belongings. They have received medical care and are out of danger.
“CAF condemns this act and affirms its solidarity and wishes for a quick recovery to the victims. It invites local authorities to do everything possible to get to the root of the matter. CAF will immediately request the opening of an investigation.
“CAF calls on all Cameroonians to refrain from all acts that promote violence, in order not to spoil the beautiful feast which is the AFCON. Public authorities and organizers need the contribution of everyone to ensure that all participants of the TotalEnergies AFCON 2021 and media representatives of all countries, have optimal security”.