Constant threat to media outlets
Press freedom continues its long decline in Cameroon. After being disconnected more than in any other African country in 2017, the Internet suffered more disruption after President Paul Biya’s reelection for a seventh term in October 2018 in polling marked by many abuses against journalists and media outlets. Reporters were subjected to threats, attacks, intimidation and arrests both during the election itself and again when the results were disputed. Arbitrary detention and prosecution of journalists, including by military tribunals or special courts, continue to be frequent. The 2014 terrorism law was used to keep a Radio France Internationale correspondent in detention for two and a half years. The former head of the public radio and TV broadcaster has been held preventively since 2016 and is being subjected to an unfair trial. The continuing threats to journalists, especially those who cover the crisis in the English-speaking regions and the fight against terrorism, underpin a climate of fear and self-censorship. Will the person who replaces Issa Tchiroma Bakary, the communication minister for nearly ten years, manage to halt Cameroon’s decline?
129 in 2018
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