Four months later, privately-owned radio station Freedom FM still barred

first_img Cameroonian journalist Paul Chouta sentenced and fined in defamation case RSF_en September 18, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Four months later, privately-owned radio station Freedom FM still barred Organisation Help by sharing this information Privately-owned radio station Freedom FM’s equipment was putunder seal by police in May 2003. In an effort to recover his equipment,station owner Pius Njawé initiated legal action. A Douala court is expectedto rule on the case on 19 September.Reporters Without Borders has urged Communications Minister Jacques Fame Ndongo to take measures to ensure that the equipment is returned to the station and to allow Freedom FM to broadcast freely in Cameroon. Since Cameroonian authorities recently decided to liberalise the audio-visual sector, it stands to reason, in Reporters Without Borders’ view, that they should accept the applications of all those who wish to launch radio or television stations, regardless of their editorial line.On 23 May, on the eve of Freedom FM’s expected launch, police officerssealed the station’s offices, preventing anyone from entering the building.The station’s managers were not given authorisation to enter their officesin order to service the station’s equipment and shelter it from humidity,which is especially intense in the region. Njawé has repeatedly warned thatthese measures are preventing the station from acquiring advertisingrevenues, damaging its bottom line and threatening its very survival.Freedom FM has also been forced to contninue to pay rent on its sealedpremises, further damaging the station’s financial outlook.Freedom FM is a member of Le Messager press group. Njawé has been imprisoned several times in recent years, notably in the late 1990s, for criticisingPresident Paul Biya’s regime. to go further Cameroonian reporter jailed since August, abandoned by justice system CameroonAfrica April 23, 2021 Find out more May 31, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News Follow the news on Cameroon Case against Amadou Vamoulké baseless, French lawyers tell Cameroon court News News May 19, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts CameroonAfrica Newslast_img

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