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Économie politique de la presse écrite au Nord-Cameroun postcolonial

Political economy of the press in the postcolonial North Cameroon
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Fogue Kuate, Francis Arsene

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Abstract This paper seeks to address the political participation of the press in the Northern Cameroon after the beginning of the democratic process which led to the institutionalization of freedom of speech in 1990. Through a Political Economy of Communication perspective, it aims at focusing on L'Harmattan and L'OEil du Sahel -which are the main newspapers in Northern Cameroon- to question the political capital of the press in this area where there is an hegemonic competition between ethno-tribal communities. The paper provides a venue to unveil the contribution of L'Harmattan and L'OEil du Sahel to rivalries between elites in sight of their positioning on the political chessboard at local and national levels. It arises from the analysis of the publications of those newspapers that they have a partisan position in the political opposition between the Fulbe who are Muslims and the Kirdi who are non-Muslims. L'Harmattan supports the first while L'OEil du Sahel has affinities with the others.
Keywords political economy; press; competition; Cameroon; communication; freedom of opinion; political elite; ethnic conflict; political conflict
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; Media Politics, Information Politics, Media Law
Document language French
Publication Year 2015
Page/Pages p. 265-287
Journal Studia Politica : Romanian Political Science Review, 15 (2015) 2
ISSN 1582-4551
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works