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Cameroon: African Communication regulators examine stakes in digital reporting

ACRAN members with Cameroon's Minister of Communication

Some thirty five members of the African Communication Regulatory Authority Network, are examining digital implications in communication and ways of regulating social media information dissemination in Africa.

The regulators craved under a member network dubbed –African Communication Regulatory Authority Network, ACRAN, have been concerting in Yaounde since Wednesday December 12, 2018, during their 9th Conference which also marked the 20th anniversary of the Network.

Welcoming the members to Yaounde Conference Center, the President of Cameroon’s National Communication Council, Peter Essoka, who is the current Vice Chair of the network, said it has taken Cameroon twenty years to host despite the country being one of the founding members. He said with new technology in communication, it is important for the African regulators to carve a common operating nitch. To him, twenty years is time to reflect on what has been done so far and how the network can be more useful to the African continent. ”For three days, we as media regulators will focus on the stakes of regulating the social media and bring out ideas for the betterment of both the network and Africa”, he added.

Meanwhile Cameroon’s Communication Minister, Issa Tchiroma Bakary, Personal Representative of Cameroon’s Prime Minister at the event, expressed government’s satisfaction in hosting the conference. He said the regulation of media sector has been a major concern for the Cameroonian government for several years. Minister Bakary urged the media regulators to come up with hamonised editorial system that will not only protect nation’s integrity but also other social actors.

The thirty-five African countries taking part in this conference will feature exchanges between the Presidents of the authorities and the election of the President and Vice-President for the 2018-2020 biennium. The network is also referred to as the conference of Presidents is the Supreme organs of the network.

 

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