Communication Council Advocates child Protection in Media Content
The National Communication Council (NCC) in Cameroon has urged journalists and proprietors of audio-visual media organs in the country to pay particular attention to the quality of content they broadcast for the consumption of children.
The call was made during a child protection seminar on Monday, 31 August 2015 at a hotel in the political capital, Yaoundé, organised by the council which is in charge of regulating the media in Cameroon. Participants from the country’s ten regions reviewed and analysed elements necessary to develop a strategic media guide for the protection of children in Cameroon.
Launching the two-day Seminar, the NCC’s vice president, Peter Esoka, condemned the increasing number of indecent programs and images broadcast on different media platforms in the country which puts to question the morality of the younger generation who are most exposed to such programs.
“Enough is enough. If nothing is done today, tomorrow will be too late. Protect our children,“said Mr Essoka.
He added that television micro programs have been produced to awaken and conscientize media owners and journalists on the value of practicing selective exposure and effectively the role of gatekeeper.
“Besides it is generally by introspection that they can better integrate the heavy child protection mission that is now up to them,” he went on.
Another speaker, Communication Minister, Issa Tchiroma Bakary encouraged participants to be more conscious of the kind of images disseminated through their transmitters for public consumption, in order to ensure that children are protected.
Mr Tchiroma said the advent of Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) makes it increasingly important to take into account societal values and avoid the perverse effects of globalization, cultural alienation and moral deviance on children.
Some Cameroonians applauded the move by the regulatory organ, saying it drives alarm bells to decry the phenomenon which leaves children mindlessly copying everything they watch on television.
“When showing two people kissing, every child” learns to do it, said Achu Alphones, a Yaoundé inhabitant.
By Blaise Whumo
Edited by Jude Fuhnwi