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Friday, 08 August 2008

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This paragraph is kind of bewildering to me: "While drawing the attention of journalists and other media practitioners to these constant manipulations with which they are confronted in the daily exercise of their duty, the Executive Council calls on public authorities in general and those charged with the aforementioned affair in particular, to act transparently in furnishing the public in general and the media in particular with information relating to this; notably in facilitating access to official sources as expressed in the memorandum submitted to the government in 1998, during the first contact meeting between the Council and the Prime Minister, Head of Government."

I thought the media was supposed to act as the 4th estate, a watchdog role over the 3 arms of government, judiciary, legislative and executive. It troubles me that journalists expect to be "furnished" information by the government. I respect a journalist who asks tough questions and demands answers from not just the government but any news source. Failure to do so, a news medium becomes simply a public relations arm of the government, political parties, or other people in high places. It is my opinion that the government or arms of government are not and should not be allies of the media, otherwise the media gives up objectivity. All people in power try to manipulate the media. Its the journalist's role to find his/ her sources, to cross check the facts from the government and to present any untruths in official releases be it from the government, opposition or other powerful people.
The Cameroonian media terrain is a difficult one and I respect the people who brave the challenges everyday especially in the private sector.
However, I think many times I think the media is still locked in the CRTV/ Cameroon tribune approach which dictates that news goes to the reporter rather than the reporter going after news, otherwise known as armchair journalism.

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