Cameroon – Anglophone Marginalization: SW English journalists threaten to boycott the Mount Cameroon Race!

Written by Deckson N.

This intention is contained in a declaration made public to that effect.

Strikes in the “anglophone” parts of Cameroon continue to recruit sympathizers. After lawyers, teachers and transporters, it is the turn of the South West Region journalists to enter the dance. And for good reason, according to Le Messager of Tuesday, December 13, 2016, the Consortium of Journalists of the Southwest decided to boycott all the media coverage and demonstrations in this part of the country.

Conscious of the fact that the majority of journalists practicing in the Southwest Region speak English (…), they watch with consternation the continuous slaughter and annihilation of the English language in almost all public gatherings and communiques. For this, we consider the exclusive use of French by some administrations as a colonial dictation. Also, any new marginalization of Anglophone journalists during the race of the Hope of Mount Cameroon, will lead to a boycott of the event, “reads the statement of the consortium.

Reflecting on their demands, journalists in the South West Region complained about the non-translation of important documents into English during seminars, workshops and meetings, especially under the chairmanship of administrative officials. “We also noticed some very zealous administrators use the French language as a form of intimidation against journalists. Also, any journalist who finds himself in a public event with just documents in French without an English version will have to leave the meeting, “said the statement in a warning.

At the end, the Consortium wants civil servants to act in good faith and comply with the instructions of Prime Minister Philemon Yang, who urged that all official documents be produced in French and English.

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