By Mwalimu George Ngwane*
“We reaffirm our support for any medium of expression that is capable of stimulating creativity and participation and channelling the emergence of a national culture that constantly derives its wealth from its diversity” – Paul Biya, speech at the Congress of the New Deal, Bamenda,1985.
The announcement by the Minister of Communication, Issa Tchiroma Bakary, of an imminent National Forum on Communication in Cameroon has left media practitioners and media observers with anxiety and expectation.
While the Forum is not the first in the annals of Communication in Cameroon, it comes at a time when the State Television (CRTV) and the State newspaper (Cameroon Tribune) have, over the years, manifested a dissemination policy that runs against the grain of our bicultural and bilingual heritage. Broadcast and print spaces allotted to English language in these two State media undermine our collective search of branding the media as a cultural diplomatic enabler and driver whose content and context should be the cutting edge of nation building.