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Cameroon-Equinoxe TV: Séverin Tchounkeu and Cédric Noufele back in business

by Theophile
Cedrick Noufele

The boss of this television and the presenter of the Sunday program “Droit de réponse” are again authorized to exercise after a month of suspension by the CNC.

After a month of suspension by the National Council of Communication (CNC), Séverin Tchounkeu, boss of the press group La Nouvelle Expression of which Equinoxe Television is one of the organs, and Cédric Noufele, presenter of the Sunday program “Droit de réponse” and editor-in-chief of the said television, are again authorized to exercise their profession of journalist since May 2, 2022.

In a press release read on April 30 on public radio Crtv, the president of the CNC, Joseph Chebonkeng Kalabubse, announced the end of their suspension taken on April 1. It is the result of a decision made public by the social communication regulator, following its ordinary general meeting held on the same day.

The CNC accuses the private channel broadcasting from Douala of having relayed, during a televised political debate last February, belligerent remarks by one of the panelists asking parents of students to join a mood movement initiated by the teachers to demand the improvement of their working conditions.

The presenter of “Droit de réponse” is criticized for not having supervised his guests on the set, thus derogating from ethics. A “failure” which earned our colleague his ban on practicing the profession for a period of one month, and the boss of the channel, his disqualification from his position as director of publication for the same period. An accusation refuted by the concerned who declared to have given the floor to the panelists of several political sensitivities.

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Séverin Tchounkeu was also stripped of his journalistic status for having, during another television news on his channel, denounced the threats of the government against his media. A decision denounced by the press, civil society, politicians and the international association Reporters Without Borders.

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