May 22, 2014


The 9 core Principle of Journalism

  1. Journalism’s first obligation is to the truth
  2. Its first loyalty is to citizens
  3. Its essence is discipline of verification
  4. Its practitioners must maintain an independence from those they cover
  5. It must serve as an independent monitor of power
  6. It must provide a forum for public criticism and compromise
  7. It must strive to make the significant interesting and relevant
  8. It must keep the news comprehensive and proportional
  9. Its practitioners must be allowed to exercise their personal conscience


Critique of five-core principle of Journalism in the Cameroon media landscape

In the Cameroon media, landscape the first core principle; Journalism’s first obligation is to the truth, most journalists in Cameroon media, especially government owned media are not truthful, they do not give reliable and accurate facts. Most importantly, they are not transparent about their sources and methods of news delivery. They tell many lies and this has made most of the audience in Cameroon to regard journalists as liar and hardly pick out truth in whatever information they give out. A journalist should be truthful give the fact as it is and the audience will trust any information you give out.

The next core is; its first loyalty is to citizens, in Cameroon the first loyalty goes to the government, journalists think of the government first before thinking of the citizens so, they gives out information in favour of the government and careless about the citizens. They do not serve the public as they have to. Journalists in Cameroon do not provide the citizens with the information they want to know what they may need to know. However, the Journalists do not maintain allegiance to the citizens but rather the government, they forget that the citizens are important and needs to pay loyalty to the citizens instead they pay loyalty to the government.

Furthermore, It essence is a discipline of verification; it must serve as an independent monitor of power. Journalists in Cameroon have to be watchdog to those in power and who use their power and positions to affect citizens or the public as a whole. Instead, journalists in Cameroon allowed themselves to be control by those in power and keep the citizens in total confusion and they start asking themselves, what is wrong why the journalists are not doing their work. Also, when they know the citizens rely on the information they give, why not monitor those in power rather they allow those in power to influence them.

It must provide a forum for public criticism and compromise, in Cameroon; journalists do not provide a forum for public criticism so that anybody who is found criticising the government including the journalists will be arrested and imprison for that. Instead, of the journalists to solve the problem which the society is facing in the hands of the authorities, the journalists end up causing more problem to the public and making the public not to trust any information they give out.

It must keep the news comprehensive and proportional, in Cameroon; journalists do not give out news in comprehensive and proportional manners, the way it supposes to be. They collect news from most of their news do not include all communities which look up to them to being inform about the happening of their country especially their communities.




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