On the 18th ordinary session of the Cameroon National Communication Council meeting held in September,2017, the council examined twenty-one petitions filed against different media organs and Journalists in Cameroon.
In a communiqué released on the 21st of September,2017, the Council’s Chairman, Peter Essoka detailed the decisions taken at the end of deliberations.
The National Communications Council suspended twenty-one news publications for a varied duration. The Council also suspended six journalists for none respect of journalistic codes.
The following media organs received a three month suspension.
– The Publisher of ‘La Primeur De L’info Plus’ newspaper
-‘L’ Epervier’ newspaper
– ‘L’ ANECDOTE’ newspaper
– ‘La Tornade’ Newspaper
-‘La Generation Libre’
-‘La Tribune De L’Est Economie’
– L’Eveil Republicain Libre’
The lone radio suspended for a period of three months is ‘AMPLITUDE FM’ with the two programs ; ‘investigation’ and ‘Embouteillage’.
The Council issued warning to the publisher of “La Nouvelle Expression” newspaper for unbalanced reports.
The following journalists were suspended for a period of three (03) months for unfounded accusations, violation of the ethics and professional code of practice governing mass communication.
-Martinez Zogo and Dominque Tita of ‘Amplitude FM’
-James Bouma(‘L’ Epervier’ newspaper)
-Max de Kemka (‘L’ Epervier’ newspaper)
– Yves Marc Kamoun (‘La Meteo’)
-Martial T. Owono (‘L’ ANECDOTE’ newspaper)
The National Communication Council through the series of sanctions hope to reinforce order within the Cameroon media landscape.