Journalists in Bamenda are today celebrating World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) with the theme: “Shaping a future of rights, freedom of expression as a driver to all other rights”.
Celebrations are coming at a time when press freedom is a rare commodity in Bamenda and the Northwest region as a whole.
Journalists have suffered and continue to be targets of the belligerents in the ongoing Anglophone Crisis.
Many have been kidnapped and threatened with death by the gunmen on both sides of the conflict.
Journalists say they have been treated poorly on several occasions by event organizers, meaning that the challenge is not only coming from soldiers and the separatist fighters, but also from some civilians.
Journalists in Bamenda today also made use of World Press Freedom Day to decry the poor treatment from their employers who make available take-home packages that can not take them home.
The media men and women are hoping that their working conditions will see some improvement after the 2023 World Press Freedom Day celebrations.
By Soulemanu Buba