Cameroon's media regulator, the National Communication Council (CNC), on Tuesday called on national media outlets covering the ongoing African Cup of Nations (AFCON) to prioritize "educating, informing and connecting society" in their reporting.
Chairman Joseph Chebongkeng Kalabubsu issued a press release expressing concern about "a recurrence of hate speech" observed since the start of the tournament, primarily on social media and disseminated by some traditional media outlets. This hate speech, the CNC stated, "sometimes incites stigmatization, rejection or provocation."
While the press release did not specifically name any media outlets, the call to responsibility comes amid heightened online rivalry between Cameroonian and Ivorian fans. The two camps have clashed on social media platforms since the previous AFCON tournament, hosted by Cameroon in 2022.
Meanwhile, Cameroon's diplomatic mission in Côte d'Ivoire issued a separate statement urging its citizens living in Côte d'Ivoire who are attending the AFCON to "behave in an exemplary manner." Ambassador Marie-Yvette Koloko, in an information note, emphasized "the importance of fair play and respect for the laws and regulations of the host country during and after the competition." Koloko also warned that the embassy would "disassociate itself from any act contrary to fair play and the law."
Michel Ange Nga