16 journalists, seven media outlets suspended

Posted by Grand News | 22 December 2018 | 1,764 times

Paul Biya, Cameroon president.

No fewer than 16 journalists and seven media outlets have been suspended by the Cameroonian government.

According to a report by Voanews.com, their suspension periods range from one month to six months for what it calls media offenses.

The National Communication Council (NCC) suspended Vision 4, a privately-owned television station in Cameroon’s capital Yaounde, and two of its journalists for one month each.

Ernest Obama was suspended for what the NCC said was the use of hate language that could have ignited tribal conflicts in Cameroon. Nadine Patricia Mengue was suspended for erroneously announcing the death of Gabon President Ali Bongo Ondimba during its primetime news program October 25.

On October 30, Gabon also suspended the station from broadcasting for six months on its territory after it again reported the death of Ondimba, who was said to be in hospital in Saudi Arabia suffering from exhaustion.

Gabon’s broadcasting authority said the incorrect and false report had undermined its national unity, social cohesion and public order.

Journalist Melvis Kimbi of Cameroon state broadcaster CRTV says the sanction on Vision 4 was long overdue.

“This particular media house was spreading false information, an information of that magnitude which could have actually triggered a diplomatic crisis between Cameroon and Gabon, and there has been a lot going on the Vision 4 media that has not been punished,” Kimbi said.

The NCC also suspended Maneh Mirelle of the TV station Canal 2 International for 6 months, Joseph Roland Djotie of Le Quotidien de L’Economie for one month, and Zebaze Benjamin for two months.

Dom Pipelassi Michael Doppas was suspended for two months for repeatedly reporting that Cameroon football star Samuel Eto’o is a homosexual.

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Source: Grand News

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