Cameroon is a country that is situated in West Africa geographically but that identifies itself more in the Central African subregion due to political, economic, linguistic, and cultural reasons. The history of the media in Cameroon is inextricably linked to the political development of the country, including a recent sociopolitical crisis. This entry first reviews the history of mass media in Cameroon. Next, the entry reviews the political environment and describes various mass media sectors in the country. It then discusses the media within the context of the ongoing sociopolitical crisis.


The first medium of mass communication was a newspaper, Das Evangelische Monatsblatt (The Evangelical Newsletter), introduced by the Germans who colonized Cameroon from 1884 to 1916. At the end of the First World War, which ...

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