Media pluralism Not a Measuring Yardstick For Press Freedom in Cameroon

Freedom of press in Cameroon to my opinion is just a song sung by the government.The media of Cameroon is controlled by the government and little is being done to ameliorate the conditions of journalists.There are about 500 Newspapers in Cameroon,over 40 Radio stations,20 Television stations and numerous online outlets.

The government claims that the press in Cameroon exercise press freedom but in the real since it is freedom of the Press not freedom in the Press.

How can press freedom be when journalist lack news sources,to get an information on certain issue is a nightmare,working conditions are porous leading to unethical practices like taking brown envelopes,government subvention is not enough and news sources dictate the finish product of a journalist.Journalists are manipulated by politicians,there is gate keeping,the list is long.This leads to the practice of bad journalism.

Media pluralism in Cameroon is just a means by the government to show the international community that Press freedom is in full gear,after all any newspaper can write any rubbish and get away.

Cameroons constitution guarantees freedom of the press, but in practice, the threat of government censorship generally prevents opposition viewpoints from appearing in print, especially in the government-controlled press.

Censorship and harassment of journalists is common in Cameroon. The government has been implicated in recent efforts to block access to Twitter within the country.

If we are to go by examples newspaper editor Raphaël Nkamtcheun was detained for receiving allegedly confidential government documents from former finance minister Polycarpe Abah Abah when he visited Abah in Yaoundé prison on February 17, 2011, an incident that Reporters Without Borders condemned as arbitrary intimidation.

“Cameroun Express” editor Ngota Ngota Germain (aka Bibi Ngota) died in Yaoundé’s Kondengui Central Prison on April 22, 2011, an incident opponents cite as government intimidation; other reporters subject to arrest and incarceration without being charged include editors Serge Sabouang of the bimonthly “La Nation” and Robert Mintya of the weekly “Le Devoir”[4]

Most Cameroonian publications are issued irregularly and have small circulations. The major daily is the Cameroon Tribune, the official government newspaper, published in French and English in Yaoundé.
Recently the National Communication council created by the government has been using its hammer to strike journalist whom they think have gone out of ethical values,however many think that some of their sanctions are carried out due to the influence of the Cameroonian government which is considered as the god father.

some TV Media houses

Privately owned

STV1 (spectrum TV 1)
STV 2 (Spectrum TV 2)
Canal 2 International
Ariane TV
Equinoxe TV
TV Max
DBS, channel under development
Vision 4, in the testing phase
New TV, under development
Africa TV, under development
L.T.M TV Douala
canal2 zebra
T.L under development
CAMNEWS24 Douala

The national station, transmitting from Yaoundé,
Ten regional radio stations,


Radio Jeunesse, Yaoundé
RTS (Radio Tiemeni Siantou), has a Website, Yaoundé and Bafang
Magic FM, Yaoundé
TBC, Yaoundé
FM 94 Yaoundé
Radio Venus, Yaoundé
Radio Environnement, Yaoundé
Radio Lumière, Yaoundé
Sky One Radio, Yaoundé
Radio Bonne Nouvelle, Yaoundé
Moov Radio, Yaoundé
Radio Equinoxe, has a Website, Douala
Sweet FM, Douala
FM Suellaba (known mainly be the name FM 105), Douala
Radio Nostalgie, Douala
RTM (Real Time Radio), Douala
Radio Veritas, Douala
FM Medumba, Bangangté
Radio Yemba, Dschang
Radio Star FM, Bafoussam
Radio Batcham, Bafoussam
Radio Salaaman, Garoua
FM Mont Cameroun Buea
Radio Fotouni, Fotouni
FM Pouala Bafoussam
Radio Oku, Oku
Radio Lolodorf, Lolodorf
Satellite FM, Yaoundé
Radio Equatoriale, Sangmélimad
Radio Casmando, Douala
Hit Radio, Douala
Stone FM Radio (Ndop)
BBC World Service: English, with some broadcasts in French
RFI : French, with some broadcasts in English and Spanish

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