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  • Incisive Journalism in Cameroon: The Best of ��Cameroon Report�� (1978 � 1986)
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  • Sam-Nuvala Fonkem
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  • Published by: LANGAA RPCIG
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Working for Cameroon state-owned Radio in the 1970s and �80s meant toeing the official line and learning not to sing out of tune. While the rather scanty private press that existed at the time was subject to prior censorship, a different kind of censorship � self-censorship prevailed at the Radio where topics for commentaries were vetted by the Minister of Information or his delegate. But for Anglophones working in a predominantly francophone environment, once topics were approved, the authorities could not be sure which direction commentaries were going to take as the journalists applied the tactics of �bite and blow�, sometimes giving full expression of their Anglo-Saxon spirit of debate and critical analysis as evidenced in this selection of commentaries from the Sunday morning commentary programme, �Cameroon Report� (now �Cameroon Calling�) of the late 1970�s up till 1986. It is a showcase of the irrepressible seed of freedom of expression that Anglophone journalists were imbued with and demonstrated at a time when subjects related to coups d��tat, human rights and governance were considered taboo. It was and shall remain the indelible input of the Anglophone character that has had a positive influence on Cameroon�s media landscape.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. The Editor
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
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  1. Introduction
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  1. Editor’s Note
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  1. The Prologue
  2. pp. xxi-xxxii
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  1. 1. Cameroon Report 1/9/78: The C.N.U: Twelve Years After
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. 2. Cameroon Report 18/1/81: Wum Farmer - Grazier Problem
  2. pp. 3-6
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  1. 3. Cameroon Report 28/3/1982: A chaotic Highway Transporters Union
  2. pp. 7-10
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  1. 4. Cameroon Report 5/4/81: Inhuman prison conditions
  2. pp. 11-14
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  1. 5. Cameroon Report 5/4/1981: Lay Private Education
  2. pp. 15-18
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  1. 6. Cameroon Report 5/4/1981: Health for all by year 2000
  2. pp. 19-22
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  1. 7. Cameroon Report 22/11/81: Catering for disabled persons
  2. pp. 23-26
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  1. 8. Cameroon Report 17/1/1982: Cameroon Nigeria Reconciliation
  2. pp. 27-28
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  1. 9. Cameroon Report 02/2/1982: The Role of our Parliamentarians
  2. pp. 29-32
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  1. 10. Cameroon Report 06/6/1982: Wastage and Mismanagement in Public Health Services
  2. pp. 33-36
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  1. 11. Cameroon Report 01/10/1982: Crackdown on Customs Fraud
  2. pp. 37-40
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  1. 12. Cameroon Report 24/10/1982, FONADER: Not yet the Farmer’s Bank
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  1. 13. Cameroon Report 24/10/1982: Mount Cameroon Erupts
  2. pp. 45-48
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  1. 14. Cameroon Report 7/11/1982: President Ahmadou Ahidjo’s Dramatic Resignation
  2. pp. 49-52
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  1. 15. Cameroon Report 7/11/1982: The Task Ahead for President Paul Biya
  2. pp. 53-56
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  1. 16. Cameroon Report 28/11/1982: Biya and the Housing Crisis
  2. pp. 57-60
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  1. 17. Cameroon Report 9/7/1983: Our Ailing Parastatal Corporations
  2. pp. 61-64
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  1. 18. Cameroon Report 6/8/1983: The University as Brain Trust
  2. pp. 65-68
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  1. 19. Cameroon Report 31/3/1984: Biya on Housing and Road Construction
  2. pp. 69-72
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  1. 20. Cameroon Report 15/4/1984: April 6 Coup Attempt: An Appraisal
  2. pp. 73-76
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  1. 21. Cameroon Report 15/4/1984: In the Dawn of the Abortive Coup
  2. pp. 77-78
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  1. 22. Cameroon Report 21/5/1984: Reflection on May 20
  2. pp. 79-80
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  1. 23. Cameroon Report 9/6/1984: Parastatal Corporations Revisited
  2. pp. 81-84
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  1. 24. Cameroon Report 01/1/1985, Chasing Files: A Product of Centralisation
  2. pp. 85-88
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  1. 25. Cameroon Report 20/01/85: The Plight of our Farmers
  2. pp. 89-92
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  1. 26. Cameroon Report 22/4/85: The One-shift and Two-shift Working systems
  2. pp. 93-96
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  1. 27. Cameroon Report 25/4/1985: Decentralisation versus Decongestion
  2. pp. 97-98
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  1. 28. Cameroon Report 15/5/1985: 13th Anniversary of the Unitary State
  2. pp. 99-102
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  1. 29. Cameroon Report 25/5/1985: The Role of Development Committees
  2. pp. 103-106
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  1. 30. Cameroon Report 01/6/1985: 1985 Budgetary Session
  2. pp. 107-108
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  1. 31. Cameroon Report 30/6/1985: MUNA on Bilingualism
  2. pp. 109-112
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  1. 32. Cameroon Report 14/7/1985: The Concept of Development Journalism
  2. pp. 113-114
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  1. 33. Cameroon Report 08/8/1985: The Question of Certificate Equivalence
  2. pp. 115-118
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  1. 34. Cameroon Report 18/8/1985: Harmonising Our Two Legal Systems
  2. pp. 119-122
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  1. 35. Cameroon Report 06/10/85: The First October Story
  2. pp. 123-126
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  1. 36. Cameroon Report 20/5/1986, May 20th: Our Dream of a New and Great Cameroon
  2. pp. 127-132
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  1. 37. Cameroon Report 01/6/1986: The CPDM and Civil Liberties
  2. pp. 133-136
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  1. 38. News talk 24/6/86: Enemies of Democracy
  2. pp. 137-142
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  1. African & World Affairs
  2. pp. 143-144
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  1. 39. Cameroon Report 22/7/1980: Towards a New World Information Order
  2. pp. 145-148
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  1. 40. Cameroon Report 12/04/1981: Africa’s Five Million Refugees
  2. pp. 149-152
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  1. 41. Cameroon Report 07/7/1981: Boycotting sporting links with Racist South African
  2. pp. 153-156
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  1. 42. Cameroon Report 23/08/1981: The Proposed Senegambian confederation
  2. pp. 157-160
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  1. 43. Cameroon Report 04/10/1981: The I.M.F. Tightens policy towards Third World
  2. pp. 161-164
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  1. 44. Cameroon Report 11/10/1981: The Assassination of SADAT: Consequences on Egyptian Politics
  2. pp. 165-168
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  1. 45. Cameroon Report 26/10/1981: The North-South Dialogue
  2. pp. 169-172
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  1. 46. Cameroon Report 13/12/1981, Ciskei Homeland: Another stride for Apartheid
  2. pp. 173-176
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  1. 47. Cameroon Report 17/01/1982: Palestinian Autonomy
  2. pp. 177-180
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  1. 48. Cameroon Report 21/03/82: Cameroon’s Position on SADR’S Admission into the O.A.U
  2. pp. 181-184
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  1. 49. Cameroon Report 07/07/1982: The 9th Franco-African Summit
  2. pp. 185-188
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  1. 50. Cameroon Report 08/08/1982: OAU Deadlock over Western Sahara
  2. pp. 189-192
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  1. 51. Cameroon Report 03/11/1982: Foiled OAU Summit Reconvened
  2. pp. 193-196
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  1. 52. Cameroon Report 13/01/1985: Checking the African Dependency Syndrome
  2. pp. 197-202
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  1. 53. Cameroon Report 02/02/85: The O.A.U. Drought Fund
  2. pp. 203-206
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  1. 54. Cameroon Report 03/03/85: The Western Sahara Ten Years After
  2. pp. 207-210
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  1. 55. Cameroon Report 21/04/85: South Africa: Botha’s Lame Reforms
  2. pp. 211-214
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  1. 56. Cameroon Report 16/06/85: African Leaders in Europe
  2. pp. 215-218
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  1. 57. Cameroon Report 23/6/1985: South Africa’s puppet Government in Namibia
  2. pp. 219-222
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  1. 58. Cameroon Report 14/7/1985: Africa’s Troubled Politics
  2. pp. 223-226
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  1. 59. Cameroon Report 18/8/1985: Pope John Paul II in Africa
  2. pp. 227-230
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  1. 60. Cameroon Report 03/11/1985: Leadership Succession in Africa
  2. pp. 231-234
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  1. 61. Cameroon Report 11/11/1985: Reagan-Gorbachev Summit
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  1. 62. Cameroon Report 16/11/1985: Africa and its Elections
  2. pp. 239-242
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  1. Back cover
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