Radio closure mounts siege on English speakers

English speakers regionFrom ROSY SADOU in Yaoundé, Cameroon
YAOUNDE, (CAJ News) – THE closure of a prominent independent broadcaster has been denounced as an extension of a violent crackdown of English-speaking communities in Cameroon.
Government officials in Bamenda, the capital of the Northwest Province, have sealed the Radio Hot Cocoa station’s office.
Media groups slammed the suspension was part of an ongoing effort to stifle coverage of the grievances of the minority English-speaking Cameroonians, who have been staging protests against alleged marginalisation by government.
At least four people have been killed as security forces respond brutally to the demonstrations.
“Authorities should allow the radio station to resume operations immediately and should cease censoring the news,” said Peter Nkanga, regional head of the Committee to Protect Journalists.
French and English are the official languages of the country but predominantly Francophone regions are home to the majority of the 24-million population.
Of the population in the central African country, 80% speak French.
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