Semblance of pluralism

Press freedom continues its long decline in Cameroon. The government often points to the existence of many media outlets but this doesn’t mean they enjoy a favourable environment. After being disconnected more frequently than in any other African country in 2017, the Internet suffered more disruption after President Paul Biya’s re-election 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 prolonged pre-trial detention of the former head of the public radio and TV broadcaster, detained since 2016, speaks volumes about the level of the retaliation to which journalists can be subjected if they act independently and resist government interference in their work. 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. 

in the 2020 World Press Freedom Index



131 in 2019

Global score


43.32 in 2019

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2021
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2021
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2021
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