In Cameroon, the authorities have just suspended the television channel Afrique Media. Peter Essoka, president of the National Council of Communication (CNC), asked the National Association of Cable Operators to withdraw “without delay” the channel from its bouquets.
The Cameroonian authorities blame Africa Media for broadcasting “remarks that undermine professional ethics and professional conduct”. Indeed, the channel broadcasts programs where Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara is particularly criticized.
According to the CNC president, the allegations against the media are “likely to affect the good relations of friendship between Cameroon and Côte d’Ivoire”.
For some media, this decision follows a complaint by Alassane Ouattara that allegedly seized the Cameroonian authorities. Nevertheless, nothing proves the involvement of the Ivorian president in this decision.
It should be noted that the suspension of Africa Media has just been notified by the CNC to the National Association of Cable Operators (ANCO) which will apply in the coming days by removing the channel of its bouquets. This explains why the channel is still accessible to viewers.