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Cameroon – Media: Peter Essoka banned the press to comment on Ahmed Abba case verdict

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Written by Deckson N.

The president of the National Communication Council did not like the press release of the president of the National Union of Journalists of Cameroon Wednesday morning on Radio France international.

Denis Nkwebo‘s reaction to the 10-year prison sentence of Ahmed Abba last Wednesday remained across Peter Essoka‘s throat. The president of the National Communication Council stigmatized in a “finalization” published on 28 April 2017 the remarks of the president of the National Union of Journalists of Cameroon in connection with the condemnation of his colleague to 10 years imprisonment by the Yaounde Military Court. Peter Essoka accuses “some press” of activating “to tarnish” the image of Cameroon. He argues that media professionals do not have the right to challenge a court decision. And appeals to the social responsibility of media men. In reaction, Denis Nkwebo considers that the communiqué of the president of the NCC “is null and of no effect“.

Here is the complete point published today

The president of the National Communication Council informs public opinion and media professionals that since the conviction of Mr. Ahmed Abba Cameroonian correspondent of Radio France International to 10 years imprisonment firm by the Military Court of Yaounde A certain press is working to tarnish the image of Cameroon through tendentious comments broadcast by Rfi on one hand and published by the local press on the other hand. By way of illustration, the council mentions the media release of the president of the National Union of Journalists of Cameroon dated 26 April to the news Afrique Matin de Rfi and certain publications of the local press such as La Nouvelle Expression in its issue 4466 which disputes the Decision of the Military Court, mentioning in particular a desire to criminalize the profession of journalist. The NCC reminds media professionals that their information function does not allow them to challenge a court decision in view of the risk of the independence of the judiciary and the social cohesion that can lead to such a drift. The President of the NCC calls on all media professionals to be responsible for their social responsibilities at a time when our country needs the mobilization of all its components in its fight against the Islamist sect Boko Haram.

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