Regulator warns Cameroon media outlets

Cameroon Guardian Post newspaper journalist Amos Fofung who was arrested alongside Atia Tilarius Buea in the Southwest on February 9, 2017. NDI EUGENE NDI | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

The Cameroonian media regulator, the National Communication Council (NCC), has warned against the reporting of strikes in the country.

NCC said in a statement that media organs disobeying the directive would be sanctioned.

It singled out eight outlets that were at a risk of suspension or permanent prohibition for disseminating “seditious and disturbing content”.

The warning comes in the wake of what NCC termed the “undemocratic demands by socio-political activists” in the English speaking regions.

Marginalisation

The Anglophone Cameroonians have sustained agitation against alleged marginalisation by the Yaoundé government.

Meanwhile, the two English speaking journalists arrested on Thursday in the city of Buea in the Southwest were transferred to Yaoundé Friday night, sources said.

Security forces seized Mr Atia Tilarius, the Political Desk Editor of The Sun newspaper and, Mr Amos Fofung, the Buea Bureau Chief of The Guardian Post in connection with the ongoing Anglophone crisis.

Being detained

It was not immediately clear where they were being detained in Yaoundé, but Mr Fofung’s colleague at the Yaoundé head office of The Guardian Post confirmed the transfer

It is most likely the journalists were held at the Secretariat of State for Defence (SED) in the nation’s capital where others, including the Life Time newspaper publisher, Mr Tim Finnian, have been detained since they were arrested in connection with the ongoing crisis.

Strangulate

The Cameroon Association of English Speaking Journalists (CAMASEJ), in a statement late Friday, condemned the surge in the arrests of especially English speaking media practitioners.

The statement, signed by CAMASEJ President Simon Lyonga, called for “their immediate release” and also urged journalists to observe professionalism in their duties.

The hashtag #FreeAtiaAmos has gone viral following the latest arrests with comments denouncing the Cameroon government's bid to strangulate the press from reporting the upheavals in the country.

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