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  • Summonses and suspensions threaten media environment

    first_img November 19, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Summonses and suspensions threaten media environment May 19, 2021 Find out more News CameroonAfrica RSF_en Help by sharing this information to go further Receive email alerts News May 31, 2021 Find out more CameroonAfrica Reporters Without Borders is concerned about the growing intransigence of the National Communication Council (CNC), Cameroon’s media regulator, and its president, Joseph Befe Ateba.“The CNC has taken a clearly tougher line towards journalists and media in the past two months, which is reflected in the number of summonses it has issued and the suspensions it has ordered,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It has acted with questionable good faith by repeatedly summoning journalists on dates when it knows they are not in the capital, and by raising matters during hearings that were not mentioned in the summons. We urge it not to exceed its powers by using threats, pressure and censorship.”Reporters Without Borders added: “We also ask the CNC to be more transparent about the way it chooses the cases in which it intervenes and the way it deliberates, in order to dispel suspicion that it is acting arbitrarily.”Benjamin Zebaze, publisher of the daily Ouest-Littoral, and Guibaï Gatama, publisher of the weekly L’œil du Sahel, were summoned to CNC headquarters in the capital, Yaoundé, on 28 October to respond to accusations of “breaches of professional ethics” brought by Befe Ateba himself and the head of the criminal investigation police, Martin Mbarga Nguele.The complaint against Zebaze concerned a 10 October article about the CNC’s ban on reporting election trends. The complaint against Gatama, brought by the head of the criminal investigation police, concerned a 15 October article about clashes with the police at the Cameroun-Nigeria border.Neither Zebaze nor Gatama were in Yaoundé that day and both had to be represented by an employee.In the weeks leading to the 30 September parliamentary elections, the CNC had started using a harsher tone.On 14 September, the CNC circulated an election coverage guide that listed all the sanctions to which journalists and media would be exposed if they were found guilty of violating professional ethics. “I will be very intransigent,” Befe Ateba said. The CNC previously imposed harsh sanctions on several media and journalists on 5 September for their alleged “failure to respect the provisions of the law on social communication.” The victims included the Chronicle and Guardian Post newspapers and their publishers, the L’Epervier and Radio Sky One, and Radio Satellite journalist Peguy Meyong. The harshest sanction was reserved for Radio Djacom FM, which was banned from broadcasting altogether.Provision for the creation of a National Communication Council was included in a December 1990 law on social communication (Law No. 90/052), which defined it as a financially autonomous entity for media regulation and consultation.The council did not however become fully operational until earlier this year, following decrees reorganizing it and appointing its members. The internal procedures governing how it operates remain unclear.Cameroon is ranked 120th out of 179 countries in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.Photo : Mgr Joseph Befe Ateba April 23, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Cameroon Cameroonian journalist Paul Chouta sentenced and fined in defamation case Cameroonian reporter jailed since August, abandoned by justice system Organisation News Case against Amadou Vamoulké baseless, French lawyers tell Cameroon courtlast_img read more

  • Gardai investigating caravan fire in Moville

    first_img Pinterest Gardai say they have not ruled out that a caravan fire in Moville was started maliciously.At around 4am on Saturday September 23rd, emergency services were alerted to the fire in the Ard Na Guala Duibhe area.The caravan was vacant at the time of the blaze.Anyone with any information is asked to contact Gardai in Buncrana. Twitter Homepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA By News Highland – September 29, 2020 Facebookcenter_img Previous articleRecord 320 cases of Covid-19 confirmed in NINext articleSearch operation ongoing in Horn Head News Highland WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Gardai investigating caravan fire in Moville Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more