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Incisive Journalism in Cameroon: The Best of "Cameroon Report" (1978 - 1986)

Tuesday 17 December 2013, author(s)-editor(s) Sam-Nuvala Fonkem

Working for Cameroon state-owned Radio in the 1970s and ’80s meant toeing the official line and learning not to sing out of tune. While the rather scanty private press that existed at the time was subject to prior censorship, a different kind of censorship - self-censorship prevailed at the Radio where topics for commentaries were vetted by the Minister of Information or his delegate. But for Anglophones working in a predominantly francophone environment, once topics were approved, the authorities could not be sure which direction commentaries were going to take as the journalists applied the tactics of ’bite and blow’, sometimes giving full expression of their Anglo-Saxon spirit of debate and critical analysis as evidenced in this selection of commentaries from the Sunday morning commentary programme, "Cameroon Report" (now "Cameroon Calling") of the late 1970’s up till 1986. It is a showcase of the irrepressible seed of freedom of expression that Anglophone journalists were imbued with and demonstrated at a time when subjects related to coups d’état, human rights and governance were considered taboo. It was and shall remain the indelible input of the Anglophone character that has had a positive influence on Cameroon’s media landscape.

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ISBN 9789956791170 | 276 pages | 216 x 140 mm | 2013 | Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon | Paperback