Cameroon: Government bullies Canal 2 to call off interview with president of Doctors’ trade union.

Canal 2 International controversially cancelled a programme which was going to feature the president of the Cameroon Doctors’ Trade Union at the weekend. The programme titled l’ARENE was scheduled for 8 p.m local time on Sunday.

The media giant has not yet explained why the programme was called off.


Doctor Yves Bassong had been invited at the backdrop of the current unrest in the medical environment in Cameroon.  And he had taken to social media to inform and invite the public to watch him on the programme.

But he was later told by the media outlet that the programme would not take place as planned.

Meanwhile the motive for the change is not yet clear, some sources claim that Canal 2 had yielded to excessive pressure from the powers that be, given that doctors have been at daggers drawn with the central government in Yaounde for months now.
Medical doctors in Cameroon are currently on strike, demanding pay increase; general health insurance coverage for all; and a review of the retirement age for doctors (from 55 to 65). The second phase of the strike, which spans three days,   is ongoing till Wednesday.

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