Cameroon Policies Affecting Disinformation
Cameroon has two laws that restrict disinformation Law N°2010/012 of 21 December 2010 on Cybersecurity and Cybercrime in Cameroon and Law N°2016/007 of 12 July 2016 on the Penal Code.
Within the 2010 Law, Section 78(1) criminalizes using electronic communications to “publish or propagate a piece of information without being able to attest its veracity or prove that the said piece of information was true”.
The 2016 law makes it illegal to report “any news without being able to prove either its truth or that he had good reason to believe it to be true”. It also covers “false information liable to injure public authorities or national unity”. These laws have been criticized as ill-defined in scope.
A number of journalists have been arrested for spreading "false news". In 2018 Cameroon jailed the second-most journalists in the world for misinformation.
Officials in the Cameroonian government have met with representatives from Facebook to discuss disinformation and cybersecurity.
Disinformation accusations used to discredit media
In 2020 the Minister of Territorial Administration Paul Atanga Nji accused NGOs and domestic media of publishing false information about the Anglophone Crisis.
Private actions against disinformation
During COVID-19 a number of prominent figures in both medicine and technology have taken to the internet to provide accurate information.