Over 40 Anglophone journalists petition NCC against Vision 4 journalist Ernest Obama

More than 40 English speaking Journalists drawn from various media houses in Cameroon have addressed a petition to the National Communicat...

More than 40 English speaking Journalists drawn from various media houses in Cameroon have addressed a petition to the National Communication Council (NCC), against Ernest Obama, a Journalist working with Yaounde based Television network Vision 4.

In strong terms, the English speaking Journalists denounced hate speech against Anglophones propagated by Ernest Obama in several editions of his Television programme called Tour d’Horizon.

The journalist therefore called on the President of the National Communication Council Peter Essoka to call Ernest Obama to order before things get out of hand.
Read full petition below…

Yaounde, October 2, 2017

To,

The President,

National Communication Council,

Yaounde

                         Sir,

Subject: Complaint on the propagation of vile and hate language on Vision 4 television by one Mr. Ernest Obama against Anglophones

It is with immeasurable bewilderment and shock that we, concerned English-speaking journalists from around the national territory, write to draw your attention to the distasteful and repulsive language being used by a certain Mr. Ernest Obama (supposedly a journalist) on Vision 4 television in Yaounde against aborigines of the North West and South West regions.

It is true, sickening though, sir, that even before what is now termed the Anglophone crisis escalated to this level, many top government officials and other Cameroonians of French-language expression, had at different moments, made provocative and bellicose utterances against Anglophone agitators. But we find it totally reprehensible that language which rather seeks to exacerbate the tempers and frustrations of an aggrieved people should be preached by a journalist who is supposed to be setting an agenda towards a peaceful and rancor-free resolution of the lingering crisis.

Mr. Obama, whose Vision 4 TV colleague (Jean Jacques Zé) also once referred to agitating Anglophones as ‘rats’, should have known better (because he is a journalist) that the media commands humongous power that can bring down even the strongest kingdom on earth.

The vitriolic vituperations he is pouring (notably through a programme called ‘Tour d’Horizon’) on Anglophones who are only fighting for genuine reforms for a country we all want to see prosper in peace and unity, together with his francophone supremacist narrative, are all things your office cannot sit and remain indifferent to, given the danger they portend for our national welbeing.

We recall vividly how during the early stages of the current crisis, you published a communiqué warning media organs (you cited some names) as well as journalists to steer clear of information intended to spread division, hate and bad blood.

We all know the horrendous and despicable consequences that can befall a people when media practitioners who are supposed to help crystalise public opinion for the good, rather tend to poison same as well as the minds of those who can influence public policy.

The Rwandan genocide in 1994 succeeded, albeit unfortunately, because the media (journalists), through a series of hate campaigns, helped to vilify the Tutsis in the eyes of the Hutus. The fallout of such smear campaigns was horrid and sordid. Who doesn’t know the infamous Radio Télévision des Milles Collines (RTLM)which helped fuel the crisis that saw the slaughtering of about one million people in less than 100 days? During this period, local officials and government-sponsored radio stations called on ordinary Rwandan civilians to murder their neighbours. God forbid that we attain that level in Cameroon.

Sir, considering the precarious times we are living in the country as a result of the Anglophone crisis, as well as the grave danger that any further hate sermons and provocative rants mean for our indivisibility on which government gyrates, we kindly urge you to, as a matter of urgency, call not only Mr. Ernest Obama, but all other preachers of hate and profane doctrine, to order.

We also beseech your office to, where and if necessary (we think it is), take every needful disposition within your power with the attendant goal of deterring any further dissemination of such slur language on an entire people.

Thanks sir, and accept kind regards of our highest esteem.



Below is an excerpt from one of Ernest Obama’s many hate pronouncements on Anglophones

 “It’s time for government to stop playing with these people (referring to Anglophones). There is no country in the world that jokes with terrorists. Most of them are just making noise on Facebook. (A minority group) in Algeria is also asking for independence. Are people not killed there? They are killed. If it is necessary to restore order and if you are considered a terrorist, you should be killed….It’s time for the government to put in place extremely repressive measures (against Anglophones)…I am also urging the government to decree a state of emergency in the two English-speaking regions of the country…From 7pm, all bars should be closed…there are some Anglophones (in Yaounde) who are happy about what is happing over there (North West and South West)…If a bomb is planted in a school, it will kill the Anglophones themselves…But what is this whole thing about ‘Anglophonie’? All my daughters are in Anglophone schools… We will no longer give room for dialogue with terrorists. Let me address those who want to lead Cameroon. Mr. (Maurice) Kamto, do you want to lead a Cameroon where there is unrest and bloodshed in Bamenda?…It’s no longer a problem of Biya. I have seen all of these placards saying “Biya must go”…If the Anglophone part of the country no longer wants Biya, there are elections coming in 2018…they should vote him out..I hold the opinion that all Anglophones are in support of the explosions in Bamenda. Even here in Yaounde, neighbourhoods which are predominantly Anglophone need to be put under surveillance…If they have already started implanting bombs in Douala, then it’s possible they can do same in Yaounde…”

Also attached (in a USB key) is a video clip of the above transcript

CC:

Presidency of the Republic

Prime Minister’s Office

All Diplomatic Representations in Cameroon

Cameroon Union of Journalists

Cameroon Association of English-Speaking Journalists

Archives

Signatories:

1) Mimi Mefo -Equinox TV and radio

2) Amindeh Blaise Atabong – (Independent Journalist)

3) Atia Tilarious -The Sun newspaper

4) Bela Samari – Royal FM, Yaounde

5) Louvier Kindo Tombe – Radio Siantou and RTS TV

6) Ayang Macdonald – The Guardian Post newspaper

7) Cham Victor -Eden newspaper

8) Mua Patrick -The Guardian Post newspaper

9) Geofrey Elah – The Sun newspaper

10) Eugene Ndi Ndi – Publisher, newswatch newspaper

11) Mbom Sixtus – (Independent Journalist)

12) Claudia Nsono -The Rambler newspaper

13) Benedict Ndinwa – CAMTEL

15) Nfor Hanson NCHANJI – Equinox TV and radio

16) Roland Mbonteh – (Independent Journalist)

17) Innocent Yuh -Lake Side radio, Kumba

18) Deng Eric -Station manager, Boyo community radio and publisher, Boyo Eye newspaper

19) Mua Paul – Buea council communication unit

20)Tah Javis- CMTV and TNN

21) Metuge Stanley- Buea council communication unit

22) Larry Esong- Publisher, The Scoop newspaper

23) Kum Leonard – Editor in chief, HITV

24) Fonki Ndaley Yanick – The Green Vision newspaper

25) Fah Elvis – (Independent Journalist)

26) Ndzo Claudine – (Independent Journalist)

27) Gilles Mbinglo – Freelance Journalist

28) Andrew Nsoseka -The Post newspaper

29) Basil Mbuye- The Post newspaper

30) Amos Muang Nsah – Magic FM radio

31) Bamjo Herman- The Horizon newspaper

32) Dighana Raymond- Abakwa FM radio, Bamenda

33) Larry Uchenna- Station manager, Santa Meteo radio

34) Nche Jude Mbah- chief of news, revival gospel radio and bureau chief, Times Journal, Buea

35) Anjianjei Constantine-Freelance Journalist

36) Etienne Mainimo- The Post newspaper

37) Colbert Gwain- Freelance Journalist

38) Mua Paul-Buea council communication unit

39) Mbaku Jude- Foundation radio Bamenda

40) Philo Happy- Eden newspaper

41) Ambe MacMillan Awa-Freelance Journalist, Bamenda

42) Eric Tataw – Publisher, National telegraph, USA

43) Elias Daddy Ndong- MBS TV, business tycoon

44) Prince Divine Kwansuh- Editor, The Voice newspaper

45) Ndi Tsembom Elvis- Rush FM radio, Bamenda

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