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Cameroon radio station shut over Anglophone tensions

BY: BBC

A radio station in Cameroon’s English-speaking city of Bamenda has been closed down.

A police squad visited the offices of Radio Hot Cocoa and ordered that it stop operations. 

Officials accuse the station of using interactive programmes to stir up tension among Anglophone listeners, who often complain that they face discrimination.

In the last few months there have been protests in Bamenda against the use of French in courts and schools in two of the country's two English-speaking regions. The other eight semi-autonomous administrative regions are Francophone. 

An editor at Radio Hot Cocoa, Pierre Anoufack, told the BBC: "We were taken aback by this raid as there was an assault by troops who came with officials to [the station]. We want to go and meet the officials so they understand the fact that we are a radio in the service of the people just like the publicly funded media."