Media Catching the Drift on Homosexuality Issues

Published: September 13, 2010

Following a joint statement with Human Rights Watch (HRW), calling for the decriminalisation of consensual sexual acts between adults of the same sex, Alternatives Cameroon, a gay rights organisation, says it has now chosen to use revendication rather than a confrontational approach, since attitudes towards homosexuality issues seem to be slowly changing in the country.

Steave Nemande, Director of Alternatives Cameroon, said over the past few months, they have seen a slight improvement in the way the media are reporting on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) issues and how stakeholders are engaging with LGBTI organizations.

In their statement, Nemande said they were surprised by the fact that many radio and newspaper passed the message of decriminalisisng homosexuality on and “We felt that there was an improvement in their coverage which was more unbiased, and journalists seemed more informed and professional in their reporting.”

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