Constant threat to radio stations
The print and broadcast media are flourishing in Cameroon but the government has withheld final legal approval from many radio stations in order to keep them under permanent threat of closure. Another recently seen practice is bringing defamation prosecutions against journalists without notifying them, resulting in exorbitant fines or prison terms without being able to defend themselves in court. A terrorism law that provides for trial by military court has been used to keep a Radio France Internationale correspondent in detention for nearly two years. Other journalists were arrested during the crackdown on protests in Cameroon’s English-speaking regions, where the Internet was disconnected for several months from January 2017 onwards.
126 in 2016
40.53 in 2016