Public Broadcasting in Africa: Cameroon
30 May 2012
The report on public broadcasting in Cameroon, observes that the country although has a strong track record of media liberalization since the dawn of the millennium, but despite its more than 80 radio and five national television stations challenges remain. Cameroon’s record of upholding press freedom needs to be improved. It also argues that stringent regulatory frameworks currently in place do not encourage a vibrant media environment and falls far short of continental standards and commitments, to which the government is a party to. The report calls for urgent media and legislative reforms that conform to its Constitution, which on paper guarantees the freedom of expression and press, but in practice contradicts such rights. The report urges policy and law makers to repeal and replace such laws as the Freedom of Mass Communications law so as to guarantee freedom of expression and press, thus aligning Cameroon’s media polices with continental instruments such as the Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression in Africa.
A validation workshop on Cameroon's Public Broadcasting sector was held in Yaounde on the 9th of August 2011. This workshop was organised by AfriMAP), the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), the Open Society Institute Media Programme (OSIMP) and the African Agency for Information and Communication (Agence Africaine d'Information et de Communication, AIC). The representative of the Minister of Communication Mr. Felix Zogo observed that major reforms highlighted in the recommendations more...