«Le Démenti» Radio Closed Down

The Minister of Communication has signed a decision to this effect. «Le Démenti» Radio Station, broadcasting on frequency modulation, 95.0 MHZ in Yaounde has been shut down by an order of the Minister of Communication, Issa Tchiroma Bakary for illegal practice in the audio-visual communication sector in the country. The decision to close ??Le Démenti?? from the media landscape in Cameroon is contained in decision No. 094 signed by the Minister of Communication on October 2, 2009.

Minister Issa Tchiroma said according to the law, ??Le Démenti?? radio does not exist. He said in his capacity as the Minister of Communication, Issa Tchiroma said he was obliged to close ??Sky One Radio?? station because they at least had documents that acknowledged their existence. ??But ??le Démenti?? Radio Station?? has been banned as the Minister of Communication underscored, has no documents that prove their existence, be it at the Ministry of Communication, or before the law that binds the functioning of the media in Cameroon. The Minister of Communication said it is important to inform the public that ??le Démenti?? Radio Station hides behind praises they shower on the Head of State to insult other major collaborators of the President. From 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day ??le Démenti?? radio station usually got involved in insulting top personalities in the country and this is not acceptable in a law-abiding country like Cameroon. ??This is why I said enough is enough and put an end to its illegal functioning??, Minister Tchiroma noted. He used the occasion to remind the staff of ??Le Démenti?? that their major responsibility ought to consist of informing, educating and entertaining the population. The Minister of Communication noted that it is his responsibility to put order in the functioning of the media and he is determined to bring an end to the chaotic situation that is gaining ground in the audio-visual landscape in the country. Reason why he has called on his collaborators in the regions to have a special eye on illegal radio and TV stations. Even the radio stations that respect the ethics of the profession but do not have the right to exist will be closed for each media operator has to follow the rules and regulations. Minister Tchiroma according to the spirit of the text is out to help those who have invested in communication to prosper but they should never threaten the wellbeing of the nation in terms of democracy and solidarity.Brenda YUFEH, CT

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