Freedom of the Press

Cameroon

Cameroon

Freedom of the Press 2002

2002 Scores

Press Status

Not Free

Press Freedom Score
(0 = best, 100 = worst)

68

Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)

23

Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)

19

Despite constitutional guarantees of press freedom, libel, defamation, contempt, and dissemination of false news are punishable by imprisonment under the penal code. Numerous newspapers reach only a small percentage of the population. Their journalists are often under attack by government agents. Police frequently raided the offices of the independent thrice-weekly newspaper Mutations and seized copies of the paper. The government daily Cameroon Tribune was not troubled by authorities. A radio journalist was assaulted and a reporter from a weekly paper was detained. The editor in chief of the independent La Nouvelle Expression was repeatedly harassed. In December, a radio journalist was assaulted by a security detail when he tried to interview the president. A bill liberalizing the broadcast media, which could significantly affect the elections, is scheduled for 2002.