Following a report by Danis Nkwebo, President of the National Union of Journalists in Cameroon, the Cameroon Union of Journalists condemns the decision of Peter Essoka and that of National communication council (Cnc) to shut down some media outlets particularly in Anglophone Cameroon.
The decry was made following a press release by Peter Essoka, the President of CNC on the 20th of January 2017 warning the media on their nature of broadcast on events in North West and South West Regions of Cameroun. In addition, the press statement prohibits media from discussing topics related to Federalism and Secession. This warning was passed after several restrictive measures (particularly the suspension of internet across West Cameroon) were taken by the government as means to prevent freedom of expression in West Cameroon.
On this note, Mr. Danis Nkwebo adds that the National Union of Journalists of Cameroon (SNJC) calls on all journalists and media houses across to ignore the media decree of Mr. Peter Essoka. They went further to reiterate that the decision of CNC is a total mockery and must be considered null and void.
In this regard, the SNJC urges all media outlets and journalists to give an equitable and fair echo towards opinions expressed by Cameroonian citizens on the issues of Federalism and Secession emphasizing that they should not defend and should stop implementing decisions imposed on them by the regime, which is against the people’s wish.
In so doing, SNJC reserves the right to go against the injunctions of Mr. Peter Essoka, the CNC and the government they serve.
SNJC therefore calls on media promoters across the national territory to clarify their positions on the professional existence and legitimacy of the CNC.
Denis Nkwebo, President of the SNJC