Yaounde, Cameroon, Africa. (Cameroon News ) – The Minister of Communications Issa Tchiroma Bakary has reiterated the government’s determination to promote press freedom in Cameroon. The Minister was speaking this morning in Yaoundé during the opening of a one-day workshop on the respect of human rights in the practice of journalism.
Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary reminded the pressmen and other guests of various national and international rules on human rights, some of the international conventions which Cameroon has ratified. To the Minister, press freedom is always restricted when the press violates human rights and tends to cause public violence.
The main speaker of the day explained how the media landscape has evolved positively across the world with the advent of information technologies. Only, he regretted that the influx of information reported tends to violate the rights of persons.
Brought up the debate between what is legal and what is right or rather just. He quoted the case of France where the media associations has adopted the label Press Francés that appears on the newspapers that have been marked as doing their job well. To him it is time to adopt the label Press Cameroonés that will be stamped on newspapers that would have done balanced reporting.
The Minister of Communications Issa Tchiroma Bakary used the occasion to react to a report he said that he followed on a foreign television station purporting that Cameroon does not protect freedom of speech. He concluded that the information is not true given the freedom with which journalists and diplomats express their views in the media. Some 50 pressmen are taking part in the Yaoundé seminar.
Here now with Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary on their plans to promote balanced reporting in the media landscape in Cameroon.
Issa Tchiroma Bakary: Liberty without accountability. You have to integrate this. You have to take this into account. Accountability, you are free to express yourself within the framework of ethics and [indiscernible 18:48] within the framework of law and regulation which are prevailing in our nation. In the days ahead I will invite you to join me here because I have a very important statement to make because all of us we have to come together in order to maybe start from the scratch what journalism stand for and how together can we better this profession…..Cameroon’s Minister of Communications Issa Tchiroma Bakary.
Some journalists and human rights activists in Cameroon are deepening their knowledge on the respect of human rights in the practice of journalism. While officially opening the one-day seminar this morning in Yaoundé the Minister of Communications Issa Tchiroma Bakary emphasized government’s efforts to achieve balanced reporting in the Cameroonian media landscape that do not violate the rights of citizens and conform to national and international laws. The workshop is an initiative of the Ministry of Communications.