There are no translations available.  This sows the seeds of a partnership that aims at cleansing media and giving them financial clout.


There are no translations available.  The President of the National Communication Council (NCC) and Catholic Bishop, Joseph Befe Ateba, was laid to rest on Tuesday, June 17 at the Kribi Diocese he pioneered following glowing tributes at a heavily attended funeral mass in the town’s ceremonial ground where a cross section of his fellow clergymen, government officials, family members and friends from Cameroon and beyond converged to pay him their last respects. The role the prelate and seasoned journalist played in his capacity as NCC President in cleansing Cameroon’s media landscape featured prominently in all testimonies that were given about his life. President Paul Biya, who in a message read during the funeral mass said he was deeply touched by the clergyman’s demise, was represented by Higher Education minister Jacques Fame Ndongo. Ndongo later raised Bishop Ateba to the rank of Knight of the National Order of Valour, praised him for diligently steering his flock and credited him with giving a new lease of life to the National Communication Council, NCC, following his appointment in 2011 and reappointment last year as president. ‘In very little time, he firmly and tactfully made his mark with a dynamic campaign to purge media in Cameroon of professional slips they had become noted for,’ the president’s representative said. ‘It will be difficult filling a giant’s shoes,’ said Peter Essoka, Vice President of the NCC. His “concern to permanently hold consultations with media organs for a better understanding of regulation was often displayed through many forms along with successive press conferences and briefings.” “Without neglecting any aspect, he successively ensured, in cooperation with the Council’s team, the achievement of some essential texts aimed at giving this institution legal instruments for it to be able to ensure its smooth functioning, such as the internal rules of the NCC, and more recently the draft decision on complaints handling procedure,” Essoka added. He pledged to carry on, in honour of his fallen colleague, with the ardent crusade the Bishop so valiantly championed which reaped a multitude of achievements on both the national and international fronts. Bishop Befe Ateba revitalized the contribution of the NCC in different networks of media regulators in which it is enrolled, with permanent participation and significant contributions at different meetings of the Network of African Communication Regulatory Authorities (RIARC) and the French-Speaking Network of Media Regulators (REFRAM). In May he organized, in collaboration with the International Organization of the Francophonie, a seminar bringing together media regulators of Central and West Africa in May 2014 in Yaoundé under the theme: “The Harmonization of Complaint Handling Procedures and Regulation of Central African Media Regulators. It turned out to be a farewell conference. Pope Francis in a condolence letter read by the main officiating minister, Bishop Piero Pioppo, the Apostolic Nuncio for Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea, said death had prematurely robbed the Kribi Diocese of a Shepherd who lived exclusively for his flock and the Church. Bishop Ateba died on Wednesday, June 4 shortly after arriving in Pretoria, South Africa, for treatment. He was 52. Bishop Piero Pioppo called on mourners to cease lamenting and celebrate instead because the Bishop had seen God’s face with who his heart now beats in unison after going through life as an instrument and temple of God. “This is his last and best testimony, a message to those still living that they ought to copy him and carry on with his works,” Pioppo said.


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