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Cameroon: Free Fomusoh Ivo Feh

Fomusoh Ivo Feh has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for forwarding a joke SMS to friends

Fomusoh Ivo Feh had a bright future ahead of him. He was just about to start university in Cameroon, where he lives. But an SMS message changed everything.

One day, Ivo received a text message from a friend, saying: “Boko Haram recruits young people from 14 years old and above. Conditions for recruitment: 4 subjects at GCE, including religion”.

His friend’s message was a comment on how difficult it is to find a good job without being highly qualified – joking that even Boko Haram (an armed group) won’t take you unless you did well in your exams.

Ivo forwarded the message to a friend, who sent it to a friend in secondary school. A teacher saw the text, having confiscated the phone, and showed it to the police. Ivo, his friend and the young student were all arrested sometime between September and December 2014.

On 2 November, a military court sentenced Ivo and his two friends to 10 years in prison for “crimes” related to terrorism. They shouldn’t have to pay with their futures for sharing a private joke.

Sign the petition to the President of the Republic of Cameroon:

I urge you to free Fomusoh Ivo Feh and his friends, Afuh Nivelle Nfor and Azah Levis Gob, without delay.

They have been sentenced to 10 years in prison – all because they shared a joke SMS message with each other.

Please don’t make them pay with their futures for this.