Friday, 22 June 2018

Anglophone Crisis and Ambazonian War: This Is Why Paul Biya Limited The Use Of Social Networks To The Military!

On several occasions in 2017, the Internet was cut in the southwest and northwest regions. The staff of the Cameroonian National Gendarmerie must obtain the authorization of their military hierarchy before they can use social networks such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter.

In addition, the use of mobile phones is prohibited for Cameroonian police officers in office.

Military forums hosted on social networks will also need to be uninstalled. The government is also asking gendarmes to remove personal profiles identifying their military status.

Why limit the use of social networks?

This action taken by the Minister of National Security aims to reduce the risk of publishing official and / or confidential documents on the web.

Some images may also in some cases contribute to harm the image of the police.
On several occasions in 2017, the Internet was cut in the southwestern and northwestern regions of Cameroon for several months and demonstrations were banned. But images have filtered through social networks.

Human rights groups say the police used force to quell the protests, killing up to 40 people.
An army spokesman dismissed the accusations as rumors.
Anglophone Crisis and Ambazonian War
A recent report by the NGO Amnesty International also reports acts of torture against civilians, arbitrary arrests, burning schools and attacks on teachers and others.

These allegations of abuse “diametrically opposed to realities on the ground”, according to government spokesman Issa Tchiroma, do not help the reputation of the Cameroonian forces.

Many people agree that Cameroon is in crisis.

And the armed forces are regularly targeted and attacked especially in “defense operations in the north-west and south-west regions,” recalled the end of 2017 the Minister of Communication and spokesman of the government. Do security forces have a duty to reserve?

Freedom of expression is a fundamental freedom.

But it is exercised in a constraining framework, especially for the police.
In 2018, it is clearly established that freedom of expression on social networks is no longer part of the private sphere.

Vigilance is particularly important for public servants who are obviously criticized for failing to uphold their duty of confidentiality and ethics.
In this way, gendarmes should avoid distributing elements of a nature to give access to confidential information.

Free access to information

This limitation, however, affects free access to information in a region where there are so many unresolved conflicts.

The numerical deficiency of the police could represent a brake to fight against the threat Boko Haram always present in the north of the country.

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