Canal+ Elles is back on the air in Cameroon. On Monday, October 9, the National Communication Council (NCC) issued a press release announcing the lifting of the suspension of broadcasting of this pan-African pay-TV channel dedicated to women. According to the council, the decision was motivated by the formal commitment made by Canal+, the publisher of the pay-TV channel, to implement a set of measures aimed at avoiding such “abuses” on its channels in the future.
Indeed, on September 22, the NCC ordered Canal+ to immediately suspend the broadcasting of Canal+ Elles in Cameroon. Three days later, on September 25, the international cable operator effectively suspended the channel, blocking its broadcast in the country. The regulator accused the channel of broadcasting "programs conveying obscene practices with homosexual tendencies, thereby infringing the laws and values of the Republic".
NCC chairman Joseph Chebonkeng Kalabubsu justified his decision to suspend Canal+ Elles by pointing out that the French media company had failed to meet its commitments to implement "a series of corrective measures", such as the use of a parental code co-signed by Canal+ International and the NCC, and the revision of the operator's programs "to align them with the laws and customs of the country." The lifting means both Canal+ and the NCC have found a common ground.
Shortly after the dissemination of the regulator's press release earlier today, Canal+ Cameroon posted a video –with the legend “Thank you NCC Cameroon”-- on its Facebook page to raise awareness of the use of parental codes.