first_img RSF_en Reporters Without Borders today voiced concern about the recent closure of two privately-owned TV channels, RTA and Canal 2, which has threatened the development of diverse, independent broadcast media in Cameroon.Although the country’s laws provide for privately-owned broadcast media, the government has ignored all requests from TV broadcasters for authorisation, forcing them to operate illegally. Reporters Without Borders urged the authorities to take the necessary steps to regularize the status of all the broadcast media and, in particular, to allow RTA and Canal 2 to resume operating.Provincial governors suspended the terrestrial broadcasting of RTA and Canal 2 on 19 February at the behest of communication minister Jacques Fame Ndongo on grounds of illegality. The two companies were authorised to carry the programming of foreign media but not to broadcast their own programmes, because the companies that own them, AEA and TV+ respectively, do not have permits to set up and run privately-owned broadcast companies.The minister’s decision came after the broadcast of a number of political debates in which the government was criticised. Aside from RTA and Canal 2, there is only one other privately-owned channel, which mainly broadcasts films.The communication minister has publicly attacked the media, accusing them of “repeatedly and intentionally disregarding the profession’s universal and sacrosanct principles by interfering in an untimely manner in the privately life of citizens and government bodies.” He also threatened broadcast media entrepreneurs with more rigorous tax collection. CameroonAfrica Organisation March 14, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Broadcast media under threat News to go further Cameroonian reporter jailed since August, abandoned by justice system Cameroonian journalist Paul Chouta sentenced and fined in defamation case Receive email alerts Case against Amadou Vamoulké baseless, French lawyers tell Cameroon courtcenter_img Follow the news on Cameroon Help by sharing this information News May 19, 2021 Find out more News CameroonAfrica News April 23, 2021 Find out more May 31, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more