Thursday 14.4.2016 in Expression
In Cameroon, the authorities tightly control the media through the National Communications Commission (NCC), which regularly suspends media outlets and journalists when they broadcast information or opinions perceived as damaging to the state or its agents. In April 2015 alone, the NCC suspended a TV channel, a radio station and three privately-owned newspapers. In recent years, several journalists were arrested under the new anti-terrorism law and brought to the military court, charged with disclosure of defence secrets and being a threat to state security At least one journalist has died in custody, one had his car blown up outside his house while others have fled the country because of reactions to their reporting. Many journalists self-censor because of fear of reprisals. Cameroonian human rights activists describe how journalists operate with the constant threat of intimidation, harassment and arrest by the authorities. Access to information is further curtailed as only 11% of the population has access to the Internet.