The EYE Newspaper, 2018


Media Initiative for Education for Non-Violence and Peace

The Eye Newspaper is an initiative for the promotion of democratic tolerance in the communities of Donga Mantung, in the north-west regions of Cameroon. It was created as a response to issues related to the 2013 municipal and legislative elections, where politics had become an instrument of precariousness of peace and destruction.

Through the program set up by this newspaper, many families have been publicly thanked for their efforts to promote tolerance in politics, which has helped rebuild the coexistence of different communities.

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the-eye-newspaper-ppp-enThe Eye Newspaper was nominated for its promotion of democratic tolerance in communities of Donga Mantung in the North West Region of Cameroon. After the 2013 municipal and legislative elections, homes, marriages and families were shattered. Politics was transformed into an instrument of destruction and uncertain peace, fighting erupted during campaigns, court cases were opened, and thousands of citizens were not on speaking terms with others of different political opinions. The Eye Newspaper set up an awards program to encourage political and democratic tolerance, and to rebuild mutual co-existence. Families that displayed the principles of democracy were rewarded and distinguished for their efforts to promote political tolerance.

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