Mister René Emmanuel Sadi held his first meeting with Promoters of Media Houses and Publishers

Mister René Emmanuel Sadi held his first meeting with Promoters of Media Houses and Publishers.

The Minister of Communication René Emmanuel Sadi meet with the major stakeholders of the Media scene on June 20th, 2019 in the auditorium room of his ministry. After wishing then a warm welcome,  the Minister expressed the government satisfaction with the abundance of the national press, with the Promoters and media professionnals in particular. While intoducing his speech he said this : :”His Excellency Paul Biya has worked with the Cameroonian people to build the best driveways to the full developpement in Cameroon of freedom of expression and press freedom, which are essential foundation of a truly democratic society.”  In order to justify this assertion, the Minister also said that there are 30 TV channels, over 200 commercial and community broadcasting channels, over 600 print media outlets and an equally large number of TV cable and online media operators who now operate in the cybernetic sector. The main purpose of the meeting was To remind press organ Pomoters that they should do their job with more and more responsability. It means, to avoid bugging down in calls for hatred of others, the promotion of cultural isolationism and inward looking, which are dangerous catalyst of tribalism. He said that the media should promote the ideals of peace, unity and national integration. The meeting come to his end after the Minister has answered to several questions from press organ Promoters. He advised them to do ther best in other to ameliorate the situation of the press organs and Journalists in the country.

Léonard Fandja

Please, find below the entire speech of th Minister..

 

 

 

MINISTÈRE DE LA COMMUNICATION
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATION

CONTACT MEETING WITH PROMOTERS OF MEDIA HOUSES AND PUBLISHERS
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ADDRESS
BY
H.E. RENE EMMANUEL SADI
MINISTER OF COMMUNICATION

Yaoundé, June 20, 2019
 Distinguished Managers of Media Houses;
 Distinguished Publishers;
 Distinguished Promoters of Broadcasting Channels;
 Distinguished Promoters of Online Media;
 Distinguished Guests;
 Ladies and Gentlemen;
Thank you for responding so massively to my invitation to take part in this important meeting, the first of its kind since my appointment at the helm of the Ministry of Communication, with the major stakeholders of the media scene, those who give meaning and life to the sector and the democratic drive.

I am therefore highly delighted to wish you a warm welcome in this auditorium of my Ministry.
 Ladies and Gentlemen;
For nearly four decades, in a methodical, irreversible and tireless manner, the President of the Republic, His Excellency Paul BIYA, has worked with the Cameroonian people to build the best driveways to the full development in Cameroon of freedom of expression and press freedom, which are essential foundations of a truly democratic society.
Our country has thus resolutely embarked on a process of democratization and promotion of fundamental freedoms, press freedom in particular, clearly marked by media pluralism, with great freedom of tone.
With regard to media pluralism in particular, it would not be redundant to mention, with appreciation, the flourishing multi-media press that make up the national media landscape, notably:
– 30 TV channels;
– Over 200 commercial and community broadcasting channels;
– Over 600 print media outlets.
In addition, there is an equally large number of TV cable and online media operators who now operate in the cybernetic sector, and therefore an Internet media landscape that is among the most thundering in Africa.
The reflection and wide resonance of this strong media tone is reflected in the daily life of a Cameroonian audiovisual and cybernetic field that bubbles with contradictory debate programmes, dealing with all subjects affecting national and international life, and dealing with multiple and varied issues.
A media landscape that has an incisive, sharp and catchy print press, abundantly represented both in quality and quantity.
Through my voice, the Government of the Republic expresses its satisfaction with the abundance of the national press, with the Promoters and media professionals in particular, who are committed to preserving these achievements, and who attach great importance in respecting the fundamentals of this noble profession.
After having indicated this sting of satisfaction, I must now make a global diagnosis of the national media landscape.
In fact, the Cameroonian press, notwithstanding its plurality of tone, great diversity and editorial abundance, unfortunately seems to have in some places and at some times, stepped off the trail, departing from its basic mission to inform, educate and entertain the masses.
In the same vein, regarding the many security and sociopolitical challenges facing Cameroon today, and the recurrence of media abuses observed here and there, in flagrant violation not only of ethics and code of conduct of journalism, but also of the professional principle that sanctifies the facts, another observation must be made by the entire national community, in which, day after day, the Cameroonian press is on the verge of being bogged down in calls for hatred of others, promotion of cultural isolationism and inward looking, which are dangerous catalysts of tribalism.
At this pace, if we are not careful, our press could eventually fail in its role of promoting the ideals of peace, unity and national integration.
The axes of media discourse in Cameroon, when tinged with manipulation and disinformation, false and degrading allegations, even systematic anathemas against all the values of the Nation and against the Motherland, are unequivocally one of the sources of disorientation of national public opinion.
Yet, the Cameroonian press must continue to inspire confidence. This is an irreducible imperative that cannot be met if the professionals themselves no longer care about their credibility and notoriety, let alone their responsibility.
Still, Cameroon needs a credible and responsible press that knows how to embody its fundamental values in order to preserve our global balance.
In this respect, it is worthwhile reminding all media professionals working as journalists in the national territory that there can be no democracy without press freedom, of course, but also that there can be no freedom of the press without journalists being responsible.
Moreover, and it should be stressed here that the journalist is above all a citizen. As such, they must feel concerned by the great challenges facing the Nation, and in this case, by the deep aspiration of Cameroonians to live in peace and harmony, in a good understanding of one another, and by making of the diversity which characterizes our country, the true base of its unity and its wealth.

This is an opportunity to denounce and stigmatize the completely irresponsible and unacceptable attitude of the operators of certain print, audiovisual and cybernetic media outlets, who have deliberately and continuously chosen to practice the profession of journalist on the margins of the canons of the profession and the values of the Republic.
The misunderstanding and indignation of our compatriots are, for example, as great as ever, whenever a television, radio, newspaper or cybernetic commits statements or articles ostensibly directed against the National Defence and Security Forces, whereas as exposed as they are every day, even to the sacrifice of their lives, these brave and heroic soldiers, gendarmes and police elements deserve the support, gratitude and acknowledgement of the Nation.
In the same vein, national public opinion has clearly noted that for several months now, some national media have been forming a genuine militant press in the service of anti-republican trends, thus multiplying false allegations and grotesque blunders, all through unsustainable verbal violence, and/or inflammatory articles, advocating tribal hatred, public disorder and even social unrest.
Many are therefore asking the question if this is what is to be expected from a responsible press in a democratic State?
The answer should be no!
Media practitioners must bear in mind that their mission of societal reliance requires them to always ensure that they are above the fray, in all neutrality and impartiality, in order to succeed in providing people with information of absolute veracity.
In order to better fulfil their duty to inform, raise awareness, educate and entertain the masses, in a national environment that needs it more than ever, journalists must avoid “playing politics under the
influence of journalistic cover! »
In view of the seriousness of the foregoing, I therefore call for a burst of professional, moral and civic impulse among media professionals!
I strongly appeal for a sense of responsibility, for the strict
respect of the fundamentals of the profession of
journalist, for the values of peace, social cohesion and the living together, in the work of information dissemination or publishing.
Let us therefore understand each other. For I am strongly against these excesses, and hereby call on your collective conscience and responsibility. Meanwhile, I am not here to stone you, far from it, because I am also well aware of all what you are going through.
The Government has taken full measure of the difficulties facing the Cameroonian press, particularly the challenges related to the economic precariousness of the media and the harsh working conditions of journalists.
As for me, I can assure you that the various pitfalls duly identified and relating to the difficult access of your media outlets to sources of government information are being addressed.
Indeed, the Prime Minister, Head of Government, has just endorsed the establishment of a renewed platform for
Government Communication, intended to better coordinate the mechanisms for collecting and centralizing institutional information, for a more fluid and proactive provision of such information.
In addition, I solemnly urge the entire national press to act with individual and collective humility in order to organize the journalist profession in Cameroon.
Of all the socio-professional bodies across the country, your profession is indeed one of the few that face such deficit of internal organization.
With regard to issues related to the regulation of press activities in Cameroon, I would like to reiterate my hope that, in addition to the regulation provided by the National Communication Council, media professionals will be able to seriously embark on setting up a system of professional self-regulation.
I am convinced that it is through this approach, that we will achieve an optimal threshold of liability, which will help to limit the need for trials and prosecutions against journalists before the courts.
For its part, the Government will spare no effort to work towards promoting a national media landscape that meets the expectations of its citizens in terms of upholding the fundamental principles governing this important sector.
Similarly, all media companies and other media units must respect the normative framework inherent in the exercise of their activities.
In other words, for all intents and purposes, as of today, no audiovisual press company, whether television or
radio, is in order, particularly with regard to the conditions of access to the exercise of their occupational categories.
Administrative tolerance, initially facilitated by the Government to all private audiovisual media, with a view to ensuring flexibility and progressive support towards performance, but curiously indexed and criticized by some as being on the contrary, a sword of Damocles suspended on the national audiovisual press, will no longer be applicable, since the regulatory basis resulting from Law No. 2015/007 of 20 April 2015 governing audiovisual activity in Cameroon will be supplemented by the implementing legislation.
I therefore urge all promoters of audiovisual media to take the necessary steps to bring them into compliance with the regulations in force.
 Distinguished Managers of Media Houses;
 Distinguished Publishers;
 Distinguished Promoters of Broadcasting Channels;
 Distinguished Promoters of Online Media;
 Distinguished Guests;
 Ladies and Gentlemen;
Before closing this address, I would like to assure the promoters and professionals of the national media that the Government is ready to continue to provide them with all the support they can expect, for the optimal exercise of their profession.
What is needed, therefore, is to make relations between the Government of the Republic and media actors a genuine partnership, where each stakeholder must play its role, so that the ideals of freedom and democracy prevail, but with a constructive requirement of
responsibility and citizenship.
Thank you for your kind attention.

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