Peter Essoka Forbids The Press From Commenting On The Verdict Of The Jail RFI Hausa Correspondent Ahmed Abba

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The whole world has been reacting to the 10 years jails term and the 5million F CFA fine slammed on RFI Hausa Correspondent Ahmed Abba by the Yaounde Military Court, but the Government of Cameroon is using every avenue to make people seal their lips about this horrendous verdict.

Recently, government mouth Piece Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary rained down venom on the RFI channel, for criticizing the absence of  freedom of press in Cameroon, and said in a loud voice that Ahmed Abba is 'an offspring' of the Boko Haram deadly sect.

The National President of the Cameroon Journalists Trade Union Denis Nkwebolike every other media personality also criticized this verdict saying it was 'void and nul', but the National Communication Council(NCC) through its leader Peter Essoka thinks the many local and international media critics on this verdict destructive to the image of Cameroon, and thus 'forbids' any media house to make any more comments on this verdict.

Peter Essoka made the decision in a Press Release of yesterday Friday April 28 2017.

Read his Release below.

"The President of the National Communication Council wishes to inform the general public and media professionals that since the sentencing to 10 years imprisonment of Mr. Ahmed Abba, Hausa Correspondent with RFI by the Yaounde Military Court, some media houses have decided to tarnish the image of Cameroon, through tendentious comments relayed by RFI on one hand, and published by the local press on the other hand.

For illustrative purposes, the Council is talking about the press outing of the National President of the Cameroon Journalists  Trade Union  on April 26th, during the news slot entitled 'Afrique Matin' aired  by RFI, and other publications of the local press such as 'La Nouvelle Expression' newspaper, in its 4466 edition, contesting the decision of the military court, insinuating that the government wants to willingly incriminate the journalism profession in Cameroon.

NCC reminds media professionals that their duties of information does not authorize them  to challenge decisions taken by judicial authorities, that might threatens the independence of the judicial system, and the social cohesion which can lead to such.

The President of the NCC call on all media professionals to adhere to their social responsibilities at a time when our country needs the mobilization of all its citizens in the fight against the deathly Islamic sect Boko Haram".

Signed: Peter Essoka

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