On November 8, 2020, news website Actucameroun.com published an article claiming that according to information published by French news agency Le Figaro, eight Cameroonians and Beninese were arrested at Roissy Airport (in France) for selling fake negative covid-19 test results.
Some other online Cameroonian news agencies also published similar articles claiming that Figaro announced the arrest of Cameroonians in connection with a case involving the sale of negative covid-19 test results.
Reading the original article published by Le Figaro on November 5 (and updated on November 6), StopBlaBlaCam found no indication of the nationality of the arrested individuals. What the French news agency said was in fact that six men and women, aged between 29 and 52, were arrested because they constituted a network that illegally sells negative covid-19 test results to travelers at Roissy Airport.
According to the agency, their trial is scheduled for March 2021 and they risk up to five years imprisonment and a fine of €375,000.
We also found out that the article was written by the Agence France-Presse (AFP). When we contacted the AFP to know more, a journalist told us, on condition of anonymity, that no serious media would disclose the nationality of people involved in such cases because doing so exposes the culprits’ compatriots to stigmatization.