A message shared on social networks announces a new regulation from the Home Office. It advises that all communication platform are under surveillance. Firstly, there is no Home Office in Cameroon. Philémon Yang’s government rather has a Ministry of External Relations and a Ministry of Local Administration.
And a source working for one the two administrations indicates that there is no measure taken to “connect all device to the system of a ministry” as suggested by the message currently shared.
Which brings about a wave of paranoia. Especially as said message asks to avoid “talking about everything with your close relations on the telephone. All social networks are being monitored”.
We learned from a reliable source that the intelligence job is rather taken up by the National Security Agency (Direction générale de la Sécurité nationale - DGRE) and is rather selective. “We cannot monitor every Cameroonian”, says our source. Moreover, to counter terrorist attacks, there is indeed a law regarding communication content.