The National Commission for the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism launched a campaign to remind Cameroonians of their unity in diversity. The campaign that began on Wednesday 7th August 2019 seeks to highlight the fact that Cameroonians are a single people despite its ethnic diversity of about 300 languages.
“No to hate speech, especially on social networks”
The fight against hate speech is a respond to the proliferation of hate messages that are increasingly invading social networks and the media.
The commission seeks to carry the sensitization message throughout the entire national territory.
According to them expressions like, “Anglophone” and “Francophone” used when referring to English-speaking and French Cameroonians respectively are not representative of country’s oneness.
The Commission chairman, Peter Mafany Musonge is upbeat that the campaign will result in the strengthening of the daily practice of living together amongst Cameroonians.
“Not to discrimination against a social group”
Attacking people or a community on social media was described a growing concern in Cameroon. It is in a bid to check such practices that the campaign against hate speech also includes the fight against discrimination against any social group or a person because of race, Sex, Age, tribe, or Religion officials indicated.
The crusade by the Musonge Commission intends to exhort various actors to show responsibility and respect for ethics especially in on the social media.
The National Commission for the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism was created on 23rd January 2017 by the President of the Republic, Paul Biya. It is headed by former Prime Minister, Peter Mafany Musonge.
Some of its key missions are to promote Bilingualism and Multiculturalism in Cameroon with a view of Maintaining peace, Consolidation the country’s unity, as well as strengthening its people’s willingness and day to day experience with respect to living together.