The right to freedom of expression is practised and 			
citizens, including journalists, are asserting their 			
rights without fear.

Judging from the number of persons practising journalism in Cameroon, it can be said that people are asserting their right to freedom
of expression. The citizens are properly informed by the media.
However, there is a degree of fear especially as concerns journalists
of the Cameroon Radio Television (CRTV) and other state-run media like the “Cameroon Tribune”. The state-run media do not carry
critical analysis of events. There are special reporters, especially
when it comes to commenting on the activities of the Head of State,
the speaker of the National Assembly and the Prime Minister. Apparently, their choice is guided by one factor – their hardly or noncritical approach to reporting. As concerns the state-run media, the
fear by journalists to analyse events stems from the burning desire
to “keep their positions” meaning their positions of responsibility in
the corporation.
There is equally fear on the part of private media practitioners. The
fear is not that of arrest, it is economic – the fear of being sacked
from the job. A panellist argued that there was no fear on the part
of the state-media practitioners and buttressed his point with the
fact that a CRTV journalist recently refused to read a communiqué
with dangerous tribal content signed by some elite of the Centre Region, including members of government, and nothing happened to
him. Two critical CRTV Radio programmes – ��Cameroon Calling” and
“Morning Safari” were cited by the panellist as programmes where
journalists address issues without fear.
Another panellist was of the opinion that fear stems from lack of
proper command of the practice of journalism as journalists of the
state-run media are seen as development agents who must support
whatever decisions the government takes.
Be it among journalists of the private or state media, there is fear
African Media Barometer - Cameroon 2008 			


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