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Cameroon PM urges press to be responsible in dissemination of information

YAOUNDE, Nov. 19 Xinhua | Cameroon’s Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute on Tuesday called on journalists to hold fast to professional standards and shun what he described as “hate speech and sensationalism.”

“The journalist should always know that all communities are founded on shared values and that the preservation of these values is indispensable for all including journalists,” Ngute said in the capital Yaounde at the start of the 48th general assembly of the International Francophone Press Union.

“That is why, peace, national unity, living together, territorial integrity and rejection of hate speech and tribalism just to name these, constitute some of these imperatives which must move in line with recognized press freedom,” he added.

In September, Cameroon complained bitterly about “biased and unprofessional” coverage by some western news media of a separatist conflict in its English-speaking regions.

Over 300 media professionals from 22 French speaking countries are taking part in the four-day general assembly on the theme “Journalism of emotions, Journalism of information.”

The International Francophone Press Union is the world’s oldest organization of French-speaking journalists with more than 3,000 members in 110 countries. Enditem

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4 comments

  1. “If I were to choose between a government without the press and a press without a government, I should not hesitate to choose the latter over the former”.
    Thomas Jefferson.

  2. CONTROLLING THE PRESS NOT TO TELL THE TRUTH.ONE THING NOTICEABLE WITH THIS FAKE GOVERNMENT IS TO TELL LIES ALL THE TIME.DENYING THEIR EVIL ACTIONS AND DEEDS.CLAIMING THAT THEIR ARMY IS PROFESSIONAL INSPITE OF A VOLUME OF EVIDENCE THAT THE ARMY IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL THE KILLINGS AND BURNINGS IN THE ANGLOPHONE REGIONS.THIS WILL NOT HELP BECAUSE WE ARE IN AN ERA WHERE COMMUNICATION HAS IMPROVED.SO COME RAIN COME SHINE THE TRUTH WILL ALWAYS PREVAIL.

  3. The fake PM, giving lectures to professionals. This is the man, that the Cardinal is working with.
    Sad and shamefull. Not an example for kids today and tommorow.

  4. Judged by the sad, mediocre picture CRTV’s Charles Pythagoras Ndongo presents by threatening to take the African Union of Telecommunication to court, Mr. Prime Minister has an uphill task. Telling lies inside Cameroon may be the norm but the lady in Kigali, Rwanda cannot stomach Charles Ndongo’s lies directed at her institution!!!!

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