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Cameroon: Publishers pressure gov’t over plight of private press

A working group has been set up to look into ways of implementing the recommendations of the gathering to reform the communication sector which held in 2012.

The working group was set up on Thursday, April 29 during a meeting between members of the Network Publishers in Cameroon, REPAC and the Ministry of Communication, represented by the Secretary General and other officials.

During three hours of intense talks, the publishers and the Ministry of Communication discussed a wide range of issues plaguing the private press and came out with a number of proposals while the working group was set up for further brainstorming.

Among the proposals arrived at was the immediate wiring of payments to media organs retained for the 2020 state subvention to the private press.

They also agreed on the need to re-launch plans of setting up a structure charged with distributing newspapers. To alleviate the financial burden linked with the printing of newspapers, a proposal was equally tabled to look for ways of collectively printing at the Cameroon News and Publishing Corporation, SOPECAM or at the National Printing Press at reduced costs.

They equally proposed to set up a mechanism in place to facilitate the subscription to newspapers by Ministries as well as public and private structures. It was agreed that all the recommendations arrived at during the meeting will be transmitted to the Prime Minister for appropriate solutions.

Rounding off the meeting, Minister of Communication, Rene Emmanuel Sadi, stressed on the need for constant and constructive dialogue in order to arrive at swift and concerted solutions to problems raised. He also called on the network to clean up the press corps from charlatans who are dragging the press’ image to the mud with several unethical practices.

Published on 10.02.2021

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