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Cameroon - Public Broadcasting in Africa (Afrimap 2012)

Cameroon - Public Broadcasting in Africa (Afrimap 2012)

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The report on public broadcasting in Cameroon, observes that the country although has a strong track record of media liberalization since the dawn of the millennium, but despite its more than 80 radio and five national television stations challenges remain. Cameroon’s record of upholding press freedom needs to be improved. It also argues that stringent regulatory frameworks currently in place do not encourage a vibrant media environment and falls far short of continental standards and commitments, to which the government is a party to. The report calls for urgent media and legislative reforms that conform to its Constitution, which on paper guarantees the freedom of expression and press, but in practice contradicts such rights. The report urges policy and law makers to repeal and replace such laws as the Freedom of Mass Communications law so as to guarantee freedom of expression and press, thus aligning Cameroon’s media polices with continental instruments such as the Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression in Africa.
The report on public broadcasting in Cameroon, observes that the country although has a strong track record of media liberalization since the dawn of the millennium, but despite its more than 80 radio and five national television stations challenges remain. Cameroon’s record of upholding press freedom needs to be improved. It also argues that stringent regulatory frameworks currently in place do not encourage a vibrant media environment and falls far short of continental standards and commitments, to which the government is a party to. The report calls for urgent media and legislative reforms that conform to its Constitution, which on paper guarantees the freedom of expression and press, but in practice contradicts such rights. The report urges policy and law makers to repeal and replace such laws as the Freedom of Mass Communications law so as to guarantee freedom of expression and press, thus aligning Cameroon’s media polices with continental instruments such as the Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression in Africa.

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Cameroon
A survey by the
Africa Governance Monitoring and Advocacy Project (AfriMAP)Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA)Open Society Media Program (OSMP)
Public broAdcAsting in AricA series
 
 
Open Society Foundations 2012This publication is available as a pd on the Open Society Foundations website or the AriMAP website undera Creative Commons licence that allows copying and distributing the publication, only in its entirety, as longas it is attributed to the Open Society Foundations and used or noncommercial educational or public policypurposes. Photographs may not be used separately rom the publication.Written by: Dr Enoh Tanjong researcher, Jeanette Minnie and Hendrik Bussiek editorsPublished by:Open Society Initiative or West AricaISBN: 978-1-920489-38-0For more inormation contact:AriMAPPO Box 678 Wits, 2050 Johannesburg South Aricaino@arimap.orgwww.arimap.orgOpen Society Initiative or West Arica OSIWABP 008, Dakar-Fann, Dakar, Senegalwww.osiwa.orgDesign and lay-out by COMPRESS.dsl | www.compressdsl.com
 
Contents
Acronyms vForeword viiIntroduction ix
1 Country Facts 1
1 Historical background 12 Government and political structures 23 Basic socio-economic data 44 Main challenges 55 Media and communication landscape 76 Brie history o broadcasting 10
2 Media Legislation and Regulation 12
1 International, continental and regional standards 122 The Constitution o Cameroon 173 General media laws and regulations 184 Conclusions and recommendations 24
3 The Broadcasting Landscape 27
1 Cameroon Radio Television (CRTV) 272 Commercial broadcasters 273 Ratings or state and commercial broadcasting 284 Community and other orms o broadcasting 295 Technical standard and accessibility o services 316 Concentration o media ownership 327 Conclusions and recommendations 33
4 Digitalisation and its Impact 35
1 Preparedness or digital switch-over 362 Conclusions and recommendations 37
5 Broadcasting Legislation and Regulation 39
1 The National Communications Council (NCC) 392 Licensing o broadcasters and enorcement o licence conditions 413 Conclusions and recommendations 44

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