How the media and newspaper organs are treated in Cameroon. Some publishers totally undermines the tremendous work done to inform and educate the public.
To show discontent, some newspapers have not published today. They decry government’s non payment of bills, meagre irregular financial support and total neglect. The Post, The Guardian Post, The Adocate and many other papers say by giving a blackout to news on Monday May 4th 2020 in Cameroon, it will be a warning signal to the government they accuse of rendering the press fragile to better exploit it for its interest.
According to the publisher of Horizon Newspaper, “I have not respected the no press day strike because I think government is making considerable efforts to assist the press”.
Gerald Ndikum in a telephone interview with Mimi Mefo Info adds that “my newspaper recently became a bi weekly so it will not be wise to leave readers stranded at this time.”
Just as the Horizon Newspaper, CAMEROON Tribune, Le Quotidien, Le Pelican and other newspapers have not respected the strike for reasons that they recognise and appreciate what government has done so far to encourage the press.
Sunday May 3rd, journalists commemorated world press freedom day with a focus on reporting without fear or favour.
As newspaper publishers in Cameroon disagree over what the government is doing to improve the sector, some critics think most papers that have published today are those that sing praises to the government of Cameroon for financial remuneration and not telling the story to improve the society.
Mimi Mefo Info.