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Panic Grips Yaoundé Regime as SCBC grows from strength to strength

Panic Grips Yaoundé Regime as SCBC grows from strength to strength

 

Nothing is a bigger threat to a criminal regime than the media, especially in these modern times with the media no longer a state monopoly like it used to be in the last century. Gone are the days when government officials could handpick news headlines, sugarcoat and twist them to further their own agenda to the detriment of the masses. Technological advances have now made it possible for any individual, group, company or organization to run a media company even from the comfort of the bedroom. The communications ministry and state controlled media outlets in La Republique du Cameroun are hard hit by the emerging prominence of new media eluding their grip. The alarming speed at which information, before known as classified news, now circulates is overwhelming to authorities. People no longer need to sit at home waiting for the 8pm refined news broadcast because they have the opportunity to watch numerous instant live streams of the same news item, record, edit and share videos of the story multiple times before government officials finish the vetting of the script that is meant to be read out to citizens later in the evening.

 

Governments involved in criminal acts are the most likely to panic and feel threatened by the media. The government of La Republique du Cameroun is one such regimes suffering from the effect of dying state owned media outlets. Cameroon Radio and Television has lost over 70% of its followers in the last three decades, likewise newspapers like Cameroon Tribune. On the other hand, emerging independent news sources like private-owned television stations, radio stations, newspapers, magazines and social media are experiencing a boom in business. One such media company is The Southern Cameroons Broadcasting Corporation (SCBC). It is just about one year old but it has gained enormous following and popularity. The satellite based TV, accessible from any country in the world just with a few technical installations or simple internet connection has covered grounds, the likes of old CRTV have not been able to cover.

 

When SCBC was launched a little over a year ago, communications minister and government spokesperson laughed lengthily during an interview when he was asked to comment on the birth of the new news source. He said it was such a joke that he had no time to even look at it. Well, that joke has grown into a major news source and a threat in less than two years. SCBC just had its official 1-year-old anniversary celebration on Sunday, May 6 2018. The same communications minister, and other high profile officials in the country’s communications sector have received South Africa’s High Commissioner Mgomosto Ruth Magau, pleading with her to look into the possibility of having SCBC shut down as it is allegedly based in South Africa. The official plea is coming after futile attempts have been made to hack and disrupt the smooth functioning of the TV station.

 

The SCBC headache as well as that of the entire social media sector has led the government of La Republique du Cameroun to go as far as shutting down the Internet for several months to prevent the exposure of atrocities committed by security forces and government officials. However, the more efforts have been made to shut down communications, the more sympathizers media outlets like SCBC have won. In these modern times, anything that is banned goes viral. This simple lesson is yet to be learned by officials of the communications sector in La Republique du Cameroun who have so far excelled only in the ban-and-rule method. Extreme panic naturally grips them when they are faced with something they can neither ban nor shut down. 

 

The Southern Cameroons Broadcasting Corporation is nothing compared to CRTV in terms of size, equipment, budget, human resources, coverage scope, years of experience, etc. However, there is just one thing SCBC offers: It tells the stories as they happened and as witnessed by the masses. On the other hand, CRTV tells the stories as the government would love the masses to see it. People want the truth, especially in times of crisis. SCBC puts the truth out there for everyone to see and judge. Uncensored videos, interviews, live streams and call in contributions during live broadcasts are some of the elements that form the power of modern media. If a fight took place in the neighborhood, people no longer wait for the government to tell them how it happened. People want to watch how it happened. SCBC has become the voice of the people, especially the oppressed who would never make it to the screens of CRTV. This is why it is watched far and wide even from the heart of the CRTV premises itself in Yaoundé.

 

Therefore, it is the closeness to the aspirations of the masses that gives SCBC the strength and makes officials in Yaoundé panic. Even if La Republique du Cameroun were able to buy off authorities in charge to shut down SCBC, they would not kill the aspirations of the people to know the truth. As long as state media continues to manipulate the truth, stay indifferent on issues affecting the masses, any regular show even on Facebook, telling the truth will become famous. We salute you SCBC and all other independent media organs out there representing the voiceless. With all that you lack in terms of resources, stick with the truth and we shall stick with you.

Ndoh Emmanuel

For BaretaNews

May 22nd 2018

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Enow Takor

    May 22, 2018 at 5:41 PM

    “You shall know the truth and truth shall make you free.”

  2. Mukong

    May 22, 2018 at 8:26 PM

    In the past, we had all these slave boys in Africa who did just about anything to appease their master at the detriment of development on the continent. Rather than eschew being foolish in the eyes of dynamic world leaders whose desires were to rid their people of the yoke of colonialisms, these African slave boys became the embodiment of foolishness; obfuscating and spending like drunken sailors in someone else’s country while people on the African whom the Creator has bless with so much wealth continue to wallow in abject poverty.
    Thank you SCBC, knowledge is power. As long as we can tell our own story we shall never be victim of manipulation again.

  3. Mukong

    May 22, 2018 at 8:27 PM

    African Continent

  4. George

    May 22, 2018 at 8:34 PM

    It is quite funny to read English newspapers from Cameroon. The headlines and stories. Some are censored. Most write what the regime demands them to write. There are some local newspaper which know in advance what the American FBI is doing against certain social media blogger. Hilarious.
    And CRTV is the biggest bullshit.

  5. Mbeuh

    May 22, 2018 at 9:10 PM

    “When SCBC was launched over a year ago, Cameroon Minister of communication and government spokesperson laughed lengthily……..”

    “First they ignore you. Then they LAUGH at you. Then they fight you.THEN YOU WIN”. – Ghandi

    Question: Is panic gripping Yaoundé because we are winning?
    Answer: Yes, yes and yes. Short live the struggle, long live Ambazonia.

  6. Maurice

    May 22, 2018 at 9:19 PM

    More grace to SCBC.we the less preveilege can be heard.CRTV is a big mess,they tell lies even more than thieves.

  7. Pa Dee

    May 22, 2018 at 11:51 PM

    Personally I think SCBC and other Amba media are doing great even if we criticize them from time to time for their unprofessional style. Just ask yourself, what if this revolution had no media of its own?

  8. Realboy

    May 23, 2018 at 7:11 PM

    People like watching SCBC or whatever you call it because it filled with drama. So people need some entertainment. Otherwise there is nothing fruitful coming out of that propaganda house.

  9. Joshua Ngome

    May 23, 2018 at 11:18 PM

    Talking about propaganda, that’s CRTV. If SCBC were drama and entertainment why would Tchiroma, Libom Ekeng and co be that worried about it and work day and night to shut it down?

  10. Pompidou Mensah

    May 24, 2018 at 3:11 AM

    Just one year, INCREDIBLE, the brilliance of AMBAZONIA, no country has ever done this in such a time. A WORD OF CAUTION. Just like genocidal thugs of lrc threatened to arrest our leaders and did, let’s be VERY CAREFUL!!! Let’s start setting up another SCBC in other safer locations around the world with a unified voice. Let there be a financial drive, use high-level intelligence, train more broadcasters to step up. Let’s think of setting up some in US, Canada, Australia, Germany, England, Asia, whatever smart minds can come up with.

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