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In March 1993, photographer Kevin Carter made a trip to southern Sudan, where he took now iconic photo of a vulture preying upon an emaciated Sudanese toddler near the village of Ayod. Carter said he waited about 20 minutes, hoping that the vulture would spread its wings. It didn’t. Carter snapped the haunting photograph and chased the vulture away. (The parents of the girl were busy taking food from the same UN plane Carter took to Ayod).
The photograph was sold to The New York Times where it appeared for the first time on March 26, 1993 as ‘metaphor for Africa’s despair’. Practically overnight hundreds of people contacted the newspaper to ask whether the child had survived, leading the newspaper to run an unusual special editor’s note saying the girl had enough strength to walk away from the vulture, but that her ultimate fate was unknown. Journalists in the Sudan were told not…
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Wednesday, September 16, 2015, will see another debate for the Republican Presidential Candidates of the US 2016 elections. Speculations could be that the Donald Trump-FOX News result is not the outcome. What is it is anyway, that only shows how the elites could pull attention to themselves using the media? Quite tactful Trump; but how workable?
The globe will also be watching and listening to hear what the Republicans will say about Africa, a continent they ignored during their last debate on FOX News. There is a question of how much these candidates actually know about Africa, or could be best said that they know something but just want to ignore her.
Ignore it or talk about it. Africa inevitably has taken center stage as concerns the Global Economies of the 21st-centruy.
Read details of the debate on CNN here
“I cried when I first met this lady and her daughter, Catherine, 4 years old” …journalist Mabel Menkemndi told me in our Facebook conversation.
The story of Catherine is quite sympathetic, her ambitions are high.
Cathy, her mum and two siblings live in Douala, Cameroon. Her father abandoned them when he discovered she could not walk days after she was born. Her mother had lost hope about sending her to school because of obvious financial constraints.
The wheelchair she is using gave Cathy the opportunity to go to school, Given to her as a gift from an association of persons living with disabilities, ANAHS -CAM where she is a member. She started nursery school on September 7, 2015. Her mum could not hide her emotions on that day. “I am so happy seeing Cathy ready for school today. I thought it was the end for her, but now…”
Other good Samaritans are assisting her to make sure her daughter goes to school.
Cathy says, “she wants to be very wealthy ” in future and that she is happy to be in school.
She has two other children who are physically alright and all under the care of the single mother.
The Cameroon National Communications Council has suspended at least six media houses, including Afrique Media, one of the most popular television stations in the country, for broadcasting defamatory materials.
|Peter Esoka-Vice chair of the NCC|
The Cameroon media watchdog, the National Communication Council (NCC) which prides itself as being independent, also banned many journalists and publishers from practicing journalism in Cameroon for at least six months for writing unverified and unbalanced stories.
The NCC made the outcome of its 10th ordinary session held on April 30, 2015, in a release signed by Peter Essoka, its Vice President. Bellow is the unedited version of the press release announcing the suspensions.
The Vice-president of the National Communication Council informs promoters, media professionals and the general public that on 30 April 2015, this autonomous regulatory body held its 10th ordinary session, in compliance with the provisions of Decree No 2012/038 of 23 January 2012 reorganizing the NCC.
The agenda of the proceedings focused mainly on preparations for the 2015 commemoration of the World Press Freedom Day and ten (10) case reviews. The following decisions were taken after the reviews:
1- In Afriland First Bank’s case against “Le Renard”,
The complaining financial institution petitioned the NCC against the print media organ named “Le Renard” for publishing unfounded accusations that may be prejudicial to its image in its 038th issue of 19 February 2015.
The Council, after establishing the responsibility of the newspaper’s publisher given the publication of unfounded claims, which neither fulfilled the requirements of verification nor balance in the treatment of information, separately suspended “Le Renard” and its publisher from practicing the journalism profession in Cameroon for a period of six (06) months for misconduct which constitutes violations of professional ethics in mass communication.
2- Concerning Pamol Plantation Ltd’s case against “Cameroon Herald”,
Following the publication of unfounded accusations of mismanagement and embezzlement in its 090th issue against the Interim General Manager of Pamol Plantations Plc and certain senior public figures, The Council, after establishing the responsibility of the publisher of the newspaper in question for not respecting the requirements of verification and balance, separately suspended “Cameroon Herald” and its publisher from practicing the journalism profession in Cameroon for a period of six (06) months for misconduct which constitutes violations of professional ethics in mass communication.
3- In the NCC’s case against “Afrique Media”,
-Based on the programmes “Le mérite panafricain” and “le débat panafricain” broadcast respectively on the aforementioned television station on 1, 8, 20, 27 February and 16 March 2015 during which certain guests leveled baseless accusations and incitement to hatred likely to impair the image and dignity of personalities, institutions and foreign countries;
– Specifying that the choice of guests and the conduct of television programmes are the responsibilities of their presenters;
– Taking into account repeated professional slips of a similar nature which prompted it to call the attention of “Afrique Media’s” management to the risks involved in broadcasting live programmes with contributions from guests, some of whose spur-of-the-moment declarations can cause irreparable damage,
– Recalling that pledges to respect professional ethics made by the management of Afrique Media after they were first summoned before the NCC were never followed by action,
– Noting that the generalization of the aforementioned professional breaches have resulted in detrimental confusion between free speech and the violation of the dignity of moral and physical persons,suspended Afrique Media for a period of one month, and Magne Tada Juliana and Mohammed Bachir Ladan , presenters of the aforementioned programmes for six (06) months each from practicing journalism in Cameroon for repeated professional misconduct characterized by a lack of control of the aforementioned programmes permitting the guests to make unjustified accusations likely to impair the image and honour of personalities, institutions and foreign countries.
4- In the NCC’s case against “LTM”,
The Council, which reproached Awilo, presenter of the programme “Town Cryer” on LTM for making an unjustified accusation concerning the war between Cameroon and the Islamist sect Boko Haram which is likely to impair the honour and dignity of a foreign country, separately suspended the programme “Town Cryer” and its presenter from practicing journalism in Cameroon for a period of three (03) months for broadcasting a baseless accusation which constitutes violation of professional ethics in mass communication.
5- In Martinez Zogo’s case against “Climat Social”,
Mr. Martinez Zogo, journalist at “Amplitude FM” filed a petition to the NCC against the newspaper “Climat Social”, following the publication in its 0061st issue of unjustified accusations which impinged on his person and dignity.
The Council, After confirming the responsibility of “Climat Social’s” publisher pertaining to his media organ’s non respect for the professional requirements of verification and balance resulting in the publication of unjustified accusations against the petitioner, separately suspended “Climat Social” and its publisher from practicing journalism in Cameroon for a period of six (06) months for misconduct which constitutes violation of professional ethics in mass communication.
6- Concerning Oswald Baboke’s case against “Royal FM”,
Mr. Oswald Baboke, Technical Adviser at the Civil Cabinet of the Presidency of the Republic, filed a petition to the NCC against “Royal FM” after the presenter of the programme “le débat républicain” broadcast on 2 February 2015 on this radio station, declared that the petitioner embezzled the sum of 15,000, 000 FCFA, which Cameroon’s First Lady allegedly sent to Mr. Emmanuel Mbombog Mbog Matip.
The Council, After establishing the responsibility of “Royal FM” and that of the presenter of the contested programme for failing to respect the two-fold requirement of verification and balance in the treatment of information which led to the broadcast of an unfounded accusation likely to violate the petitioner’s dignity,separately suspended “Royal FM” for one (01) month and Mr. Martin Marcelin Ateba, presenter of the programme “le débat républicain” for three (03) months from practicing journalism in Cameroon, for misconduct which constitutes violation of professional ethics in mass communication.
7- In Vincent Nji Ndumu’s case against “Vanguard”,
Mr. Vincent Nji Ndumu, Governmnt Delegate to the Bamenda City Council, filed a petition to the NCC against the print media organ “Vanguard” following the publication of accusations of mismanagement in the exercise of his duties in its 120th issue of 9 February 2015.
The Council, After establishing the responsibility of the publisher of the newspaper in question for breaching the dual requirement of verification and balance in the treatment of information which resulted in the publication of unfounded claims against the petitioner,separately suspended “Vanguard” and its publisher for six (06) months from practicing the journalism profession in Cameroon, for misconduct which constitutes violation of professional ethics in mass communication.
8- In the cases between Mr. Issa Tchiroma Bakary, Minister of Communication and “Mutations”, “Quotidien Emergence” and “Le Messager”, following:
– The publication of information concerning a photograph of the Head of State bowing before the remains of soldiers who died in the war front posted on the Presidency of the Republic’s website on 09 March 2015,
– And the republication by these newspapers of an article about the health condition of Cameroon’s presidential couple originally published on the website of the “Le Monde” newspaper,
The Council, After a debate which took Members’ contradictory positions into account, decided to defer its deliberation on the three aforementioned cases.
“….Fine fine woman oh Fine fine Daddy….chop money no dey for house oh….” This is a hit track he became famous for. But now his fans will only sing, dance, and enjoy this piece in his absence.
The veteran musician who leaves a legacy in the Njang genre of music died Tuesday 2nd June 2015 in a private clinic in Bamenda.
According to reports, John Minang complained of a sharp pain and was rushed to a clinic in Ntarikon, where he collapsed and died shortly after.
Shock and consternation grips many who knew the man who had inscribed his name in the book of the folkloric Njang for quite a long time.
The President of the Association of Cameroon English Speaking Musicians, ACEM, Ateh Bazore expressed deep regrets at Minang’s sudden demise.
He indicated that he performed with John Minang in Bamenda on May 20.
To the National President of the Cameroon Association of Male and Female Musicians of Integrity, Mbenkum Adeline, the departure of Minang is a big blow to the music industry.
John Minang was famous for his bottle dance, especially the hit track – “Fine Fine Woman”, “Merengue”, “Mbaghalum”.
The humanitarian activities of the First Lady Madam Chantal Biya have once more been given world-wide attention following her appointment as a Special Ambassador of UNAIDS.
The Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibe personally made the announcement at Unity Palace in Yaounde on 1st June 2015 following an audience with the First Lady, with the President of the Republic His Excellency Paul Biya also checking in to mark his support for the First Lady.
The prestigious appointment was awarded at a brief but highly significant ceremony at the East Wing of Unity Palace, during which Michel Sidibe handed over a trophy and a certificate of recognition to the First Lady.
Speaking on the significance of the award, the Executive Director of UNAIDS posited that the distinction of Madam Chantal Biya is in recognition of her work of over twenty years in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa.
He further stated that the First Lady is a pioneer in the effort to eradicate HIV/AIDS from the continent.
Michel Sidibe also pointed out that another distinguishing factor can be seen in the fact that the First Lady associated operational research to field work in combating the disease, a dual strategy that has enabled the accomplishment of many tangible results.
The President of the Republic, who was in attendance to give maximum support to his wife, reaffirmed his determination to make the fight against HIV/AIDS a priority as he said, “African Synergies and the Government will redouble efforts in the fight against HIV/AIDS. I make the pledge in front of you all.” Such a Presidential promise, that should warm the hearts of all those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
The Executive Director of UNAIDS was accompanied to Unity Palace by the Representative of UNAIDS in Cameroon, Dr. Amadou Mbaye and other close collaborators.
Here is the full text in English of Law No. 2014/028 of 23 December 2014 on the suppression of acts of terrorism: – – Read more at: http://www.scribbledupdates.wordpress.com
Members of Cameroon’s Rapid Intervention Battalion practice their marksmanships skills (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Elsa Portillo).
CHAPTER 1 GENERAL PROVISIONS
SECTION I: PURPOSE AND SCOPE
- This law relates to the suppression of acts of terrorism
- The provisions of the penal code, the criminal procedure code and the military justice code that are not repugnant to this law shall remain applicable.
- The offences provided for in this; law shall fall exclusively under the jurisdiction of military tribunals.
CHAPTER II OFFENCES AND PENALTIES
SECTION 2: ACTS OF TERRORISM
1.Whoever, acting alone as an accomplice or accessory, commits or threatens to commit an act likely to cause death, endanger physical integrity, cause bodily injury or material damage, destroy natural resources, the environment or cultural heritage with intent to:
a. Intimidate the public, provoke a situation of terror or face the victim, the government and/or a national or international organisation to carry out or refrain From carrying out an act, adopt or renounce a particular position;
b. Disrupt the national functioning of public services, the delivery of essential services to the public to create a crisis situation among the public;
c. Create widespread insurrection in the country;
d. Shall be punished with the death penalty.
a. Provides and/or uses war weapons and equipment;
b. Provides and/or uses microorganisms or any other biological agents, in particular viruses, bacteria, fungi or toxins;
c. Provides and/or uses chemical, psychotropic, radioactive or hypnotising substances;
d. Perpetuates hostage taking;
In order to attain the same objectives as those inferred in sub section 1 above shall be punished with the death penalty,
3. The penalty shall be life imprisonment where the visible consequences of the act referred to in sub section (1) above are animal disease or plant destruction.
SECTION 3: FINANCING OF ACTS OF TERRORISM
1. Whoever directly or indirectly:
a. Provides and/or collects funds;
b. Provides or offers or collects funds
With the aim of financing acts of terrorism and by whatever means, shall be punished with the death penalty.
2. The offence referred to in Section 3 (1) above shall be deemed to have been perpetrated even where the funds, the material means and/or financial services have not effectively been used to commit the offence;
3. The financing of terrorism shall be deemed to have been perpetrated even where the goods are collected and the services are offered in the territory of another state.
SECTION 4: LAUNDERING OF PROCEEDS OF TERRORISM
a. procures, receives, keeps, converts, dissimulates or disguises goods that are proceeds or acts of terrorism;
b. partakes in the use or sharing even occasionally, of proceeds of acts of terrorism, shall be punished with the death penalty.
SECTION 5: RECRUITMENT AND TRAINING
1. Whoever recruits and or trains people to participate in the act of terrorism, regardless of where they are committed, shall be punished with the death penalty.
2. The penalty provided for the 1 above shall be applied to whoever:
a. Offers or promises gifts, presents or any kind of benefit to another with the intention of getting the later to be part of a group that has been established or a deal reached to commit acts of terrorism;
b. Threatens or pressurises another to be part of a group that has been established or a deal reached to commit acts of terrorism.
3. Whoever deliberately joins or undergoes training in a terrorist group abroad with intent to commit acts of terrorism within the country, shall be punished with imprisonment of from ten (10) to twenty (20) years.
4. In the cases provided for the subsection (2) above, the offence shall be deemed to have been committed even where urging someone to be part of the group or deal failed to materialise.
SECTION 6: CRIMINAL LIABILITY OF CORPORATE BODIES
1. For the purpose of this law, a corporate body may be held criminally liable.
2. Where the corporate body is responsible for acts of terrorism, the penalty shall be the fine of fifty million (50.000.000) FCFA.
SECTION 7: INTERRUPTION OF THE OFFENCE OR ITS EFFECTS
1. Whoever, being the principal perpetrator or an accomplice of an act of terrorism, helps to stop the offence from being committed shall be punished with imprisonment of from ten (10) to twenty (20) years.
2. The penalty provided for in subsection (1) above shall apply to whoever, being the principal perpetrator or an accomplice of an act of terrorism, helps to prevent the offence from causing death, injury or material damage.
SECTION 8: ACCLAMATION OF ACTS OF TERRORISM
Whoever publicly acclaims acts of terrorism shall be punished with imprisonment of, from fifteen to twenty years or a fine of, from twenty five million francs (25,000,000) FCFA to fifty million (50,000,000) or both such imprisonment and fine.
SECTION 9: FALSE STATEMENT OR DEFAMATORY REPORTS
Whoever makes a false statement of defamatory report to an administrative or judicial authority pursuant to section 7 and 16 of this law shall be punished with imprisonment of twenty years
SECTION 10: WITNESS PROTECTION
For the purposes of this law, whoever assaults or threatens a witness, in implicitly, with violence, battery of death, shall be punished with life imprisonment.
CHAPTER 3: SPECIAL PROVISIONS
SECTION 11: REMAND IN CUSTODY
For the purpose of this law, the duration of remand in custody shall be fifteen days renewable upon the authorisation of the State Prosecutor.
SECTION 12 REFERRAL BEFORE THE COMPETENT COURT
For the purposes of this law, matters shall be referred to the military tribunal by a direct order to be placed on trial, issued by State Prosecutor.
SECTION 13: MITIGATING CIRCUMSTANCES
For the purpose of this law, and in the event of acceptance of mitigating circumstances:
1. The imprisonment term may not be less than ten (10) years,
2. The fine may not be less than twenty million FCFA (20,000,000 )
3. In any case, no suspended sentence may be given
SECTION 14: ANCILLARY PENALTIES
In the case provided for in sections 2, 3,4,5,6 and 7 above, the competent court shall, in the case of conviction, additionally pronounce the secondary penalties provided for under section nineteen of the penal code
SECTION 15: INDEFEASIBLY OF COURT ACTION AND PENALTIES
For the purpose of this law, action by the legal department and penalties pronounced by competent court shall not be time-barred
SECTION 16: WAIVERS
Prosecution shall be waived for any natural or legal person who, after agreeing with another person to commit an act of terrorism and before the commencement of execution:
1. Reports it to a public official ( Administrative, Judicial or Military)
2. Uses of all means to help stop the commission of the offence
3. Helps to identify his or her co-offenders of accomplices
CHAPTER 4 FINAL PROVISION
This law shall be registered, published according to the procedure of urgency and inserted in the official gazette in English and French.