“Students Journalists Should Make the Difference in the Profession”
His Lordship Joseph Befe Ateba, Arch Bishop of Kribi and President of the NCC
The President of Cameroon’s National Communications Council (NCC) who doubles as the Arch Bishop of Kribi, His Lordship Joseph Befe Ateba has urged students from the University of Buea to be professional in the practice of the noble career of journalism.
This was during a press briefing on Wednesday June 19, 2013 at the Conference Hall of Chariot Hotel. The NCC president was sensitizing media persons on the change in the statue of his institution from an observatory body to a regulatory body: in a bid to clarify the doubts of media men the grassroot.
Media organs, be they private or state owned are not void of the NCC’s hand of regulation. In a very interactive session, they NCC boss and his close collaborators said most journalists fell prey to sanctions because they were ignorant of the law in Cameroon. Student journalists in particular and journalists in general were urged to respect the canons of the job. Freedom, truth and responsibility are the basic ethics of the journalist.
The new executive members of the NCC were installed into their functions last March 6, 2013 and since then, over 60 complaints of journalism malpractices have been received and are still being received. Politicians use journalists for their selfish ambitions and do not care if the populace is affected.
The issue of differentiating quarks from real journalists and charlatans from good journalist was raised and the NCC members promised to look into it. For the issue of press badges, the pressmen and women were urged to respect law No 2002 /2170/Prime Minister of 9th December 2002 creating a commission for the issue of press cards. The press conference was attended by amongst others a cream of journalists from public and private media outfits, students and lecturers in the department of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Buea and members of the public.