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BBC airs footage of Cameroon’s internal war after series of fake reports Updated for 2021


Updated: February 26, 2021

The BBC on Monday aired what it described as “Cameroon’s descent towards civil war” after a series of fake reports on the Anglophone crisis were described as below standard and biased.

With most of its reporters and sources from English speaking parts of Cameroon, the English broadcasting network had continually fed the world with fake, one-sided news, against French-speaking Cameroonians.

It has lumped the impoverished French-speaking populations into the same bag with the opulent and repressive regime of President Paul Biya, an old man who has been in power for 36 years.

In previous reports, the BBC had continually told the world that the well to do French-speaking populations were marginalizing the extremely impoverished English-speaking populations in Cameroon.

They were now being killed by government forces for demanding justice and equality.

In the new report, the BBC shows series of videos shared mainly by Anglophone activists.

To confirm the authenticity of the videos, the BBC quoted a former activists’ leader, who claimed he had conducted his own investigation.

BBC virtually did not interview a single French speaking Cameroonian, except the Minister of Communications. It did not also show pictures of soldiers killed by secessionists, with some of them beheaded or with their eyes removed.

The report also expanded the myth that in Cameroon, there are only people who speak French and English when in reality millions of Cameroonians speak neither French nor English.

Colonialism by British and French forces was not fully successful and many people were either never reached or resisted the horror by the colonialists.

The BBC also did not mention the havoc wreaked by British forces and the chaos they created in Africa by dividing even villages to form countries, the same chaos and confusion that continues till date.

“Captured on video and shared widely on social media, these are among dozens of clips that have been pouring out of Cameroon over the last six months, some of which have been analysed by BBC Africa Eye,” BBC said before admitting that it was hard to verify the authenticity of the videos.

“Some of them show burning villages. Others record acts of torture and killing. Many are too graphic to show.

“Though often confusing and hard to verify, these films show a nation sliding towards a brutal civil war as the government tries to suppress an armed insurgency in the English-speaking areas of western Cameroon,” BBC added.

Today News Africa had continually provided a fair and balanced coverage of the recent Anglophone conflict in Cameroon, which began in 2016 with demonstrations by English-speaking lawyers, students and teachers.

They were protesting against marginalization by what they described as the French-speaking majority.

They had said they would like to go back to the time Cameroon was brutally divided by the British and French.

This medium had continually showed killings from both sides; first from a Cameroonian government ready to massacre those who challenge the authority of President Paul Biya, and then by armed activists being sponsored from Cameroonians and foreigners in the State of Maryland in the United States.

This newspaper had argued that the oppressive Biya’s regime was ready to assault, jail and kill anyone who peacefully protests or challenges Mr. Biya, including badly treated French-speaking Cameroonians.

We have also argued that majority of French-speaking Cameroonians grapple with the same poverty, dictatorship and chaos as the English-speaking Cameroonians.

Whether the 82 percent of French-speaking Cameroonians or the 18 percent of English-speaking Cameroonians, the squalor and hopelessness are the same.

Cameroon has remained a country ruled by a strong man rather than strong institutions, and divisions among the population might likely keep Mr. Biya in power in 2018, has argued Today News Africa’s Simon Ateba.



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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com


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