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Cameroon tabloids
profit from celebrity outings

Cameroon tabloids
profit from celebrity outings

Three tabloid newspapers in the West African country of Cameroon are caught up in a war to out prominent public figures. The papers, quoting so-called reliable sources, have alleged that dozens of politicians, entertainers, and religious figures are gay. Human rights groups are outraged at the wave of accusations, with some comparing the outings to "the Inquisition." But the papers don't seem as if they're going to stop any time soon. The editor of one tabloid told Agence France-Presse, "It's been a long time since our circulation exceeded 5,000. Since we began dealing with homosexuality, it has gone up to more than 20,000." Homosexuality is illegal in Cameroon and can carry a prison term of up to five years. (Sirius OutQ News)

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