United Nations 3rd General Assembly´s Committee - Social, Humanitarian & Cultural


Dennis Greiner

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Media Censorship and The Treatment of Journalists -The preamble to Cameroon’s 1996 constitution guarantees freedom of expression and freedom of the press.Defamation remains both a civil and a criminal offense, drawing fines and up to six months in prison. The burden of proof is on the defendant in defamation cases, truth is not a defense, and the penal code grants public figures additional “special protections.” The 1990 Law on Social Communication ended prepublication censorship, but Article 17 of the 1996 amended law gives officials the power to ban newspapers that are deemed a threat to public order.

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