Cameroon- United Kingdom: Press Freedom Under Focus

Brian Olley held talks with Communication Minister, yesterday October 9, 2017


The outgoing British High Commissioner to Cameroon, H.E Brain Olley, has in an audience with the Minister of Communication, Issa Tchiroma Bakary, discussed on press freedom and the quality of journalism in Cameroon. The audience was granted to Brain Olley on October 9, 2017 as he comes to an end of his four-year diplomatic stay in the country.

Talking to the press after the audience, the British diplomat gave an impressive experience of his stay in Cameroon as he represented Her Majesty’s government. He stated that besides discussing bilateral cooperation between both countries for the past four years, focus was on press freedom. Brain Olley lauded efforts by the government aimed at helping Cameroon promote press freedom and journalism. He cited the United Kingdom’s contribution to enhancing responsible journalism through the annual investigative journalism award organised by the British High Commission. “Each year, we organise competitions for journalists to submit their best reports and prices are awarded,’ he stated.

With regards to the ongoing social tension in the Anglophone regions, Olley underscored the difficulty that any State has in trying to find a balance between protecting the security of people and property while also enabling that people can freely express themselves. “I underlined the United Kingdom’s declaration of last week on the Anglophone situation which clearly rejects violence and rather emphasizes on the importance of dialogue to finding a solution,” Brain Olley said.

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