Cameroon – Isidore Modjo: Cameroonian plans to disrupt CRTV radio broadcast during the speech of Paul Biya on the 31st December

Written by Deckson N.

The artist intends to achieve this if he does not obtain the payment of the royalties due to him by the public audiovisual media which have been exploiting his musical works for 20 years.

For the third time this year, Isidore Modjo performs a sit-in to claim the payment of his royalties. The generic songwriter who mostly dresses the antennas of the National Station of the CRTV installed himself  before the fence of the Ministry of Communication in Yaounde since December 14. On Friday 16 December 2016 he produced a video in which he threatened to interrupt the national radio broadcasts on 31 December 2016 between 7 pm and 9 pm. That is in the hourly interval during which is broadcast the traditional speech of end of year of the president of the Republic, Paul Biya.

I am here before the Ministry of Communication of Cameroon this morning 16 December 2016 for the sit-in in order to get back my rights relating to my works which have been used for more than 20 years at the National Station of the CRTV. If on December 31 nothing is done the waves of the National Station will be blurred between 7 pm and 9 pm. It is unacceptable that my works are exploited 80 times a day and that I can not get into my rights. The Crtv by committing this terrorist act drags the image of Cameroon in the mud. And as I always say this act is incompatible with the ideals advocated by His Excellency Paul Biya, President of the Republic of Cameroon. And this injustice must stop, “says Isidore Modjo in the video of a minute and thirteen seconds. The angry man does not say how he plans to proceed to prevent the state media from issuing.

Isidore Modjo claims the payment of 50 million CFA francs for copyright. They serve as generics of launching radio news, the now-defunct program “Crtv m’accompagne“, “Cameroon calling” or “Morning safari“. He had already demonstrated to claim his due in January and August 2016. “My works have been broadcast for 20 years on the CRTV, retransmitted on the 10 regional stations and commercial FM. Unfortunately, I do not see my rights. This injustice is incompatible with the ideals advocated by His Excellency Paul Biya, President of the Republic of Cameroon, “said the artist during his first sit-in.

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