By presidential decree published on June 4, 2021, the National Communication Council (CNC), the regulatory body of the media in Cameroon, has just known its third president, who is none other than Joseph Chebonkeng Kalabubse, a former journalist of the Cameroon Radio Television (CRTV) and recently retired. He replaces Peter Essoka, also a former journalist of the same channel, at the head of this body since 2015, after the death of Bishop Joseph Befe Ateba, the first president of the CNC.
The same decree appoints other members. These are the vice-president Joseph Janvier Mvoto Obounou and the director of the publication of the tri-weekly Eye of the Sahel, Guibai Gatama, supported by Serge Ngando Ntone, Michel Moindjel Ngol, Rolande Ngueken Keugong, Christine Hamadjoulde, Oumarou Monglo and Enow Tanjong. The other members were thanked, namely: Alfaki Abdourahman, Charly Ndi Chia, Jean Claude Ottou, Christophe Bobiokono, Suzanne Kala Lobe and Nadine Machikou Ngameni. They will begin a three-year renewable mandate.
This great clean-up of the board, let us say, raises many questions, since among the nine former members, only two have been maintained.
It is regrettable that this presidential decree comes two days after the workshop organised by the deposed president, Peter Essoka, with the bosses of the media companies. It was about the economic viability of the press in Cameroon. The outgoing president will not have time to implement the resolutions of the meeting.