Am I free to speak?


Some of my foreign colleagues tell me the use of security and surveillance in some European Countries limits the space for free press. While reports indicate that Yaqublu was convicted for mass disorder and sentenced to five years in prison in March 2014,  other news sources reveal that reporters are accused for treason and espionage. In Cameroon where I have been practicing for 8 years, Press Freedom seems to be a reality and a myth at the same time. Journalists work under very deplorable conditions that News has become money and many a times, facts are the amount of money paid into the account of the writer. We don’t see a lot of imprisonment or murder of Journalists as much as we do in Syria, Afghanistan and war infested areas, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other threats that undermine a free press in Cameroon. Female Journalists still face sexual attacks from well placed citizens and this leads to home breakages in some cases. The low salary wages, unpaid dues, exploitation of personnel, enslavement of talented breed willing to do all it takes to move the industry forward,  plunge many into some sort of vulnerability. Read on…

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