In announcing on Friday the public awareness campaign against the spread of false news on the Internet, Minette Libom, Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, made it clear that the government wants to combat destabilization Of Cameroon.
“The head of state asks Cameroonians, through the government, to have a responsible use of social networks,” said the head of Posts and Telecommunications.
Before recalling the terms of article 78 of the law on cybercrime and the existence of a device in the Criminal Code, article 113 punishes from 3 months to 3 years, and a fine of 100 thousand to 2 million, the author of the propagation of the false news in Cameroon.
According to the schedule, the government begins with the awareness phase, following SMS messages that have been circulating for 24 hours. This will be followed by posters, advertising spots in French and English languages.
The Cameroonian authorities also foresee exchanges on social networks, before moving on to the repressive phase.
“Dear subscribers, the transmission and spread of false news, especially by social networks, are repressed by the penal code and the law,” it is the SMS received by Cameroonians since Thursday.
For the government, there is a lot of false news that is spreading in Cameroon. The authorities believe that this is linked in part to the misuse of social networks.
This awareness begins in a context marked by the anglophone claims, of which some police blunders have gone around the web.
As an illustration of the bad news during this so-called anglophone crisis, the rumor about the governor’s flight from the North West region and the burning of his vehicle.
The exit of the government is perceived by many Cameroonians as a strategy that could lead to the temporary suspension of social networks or the breakdown of the Internet in the crucial and decisive moments of the state’s march, especially during an election period.