Cameroon’s parliament has drafted a bill meant to regulate the entertainment industry in the country
As part of a series of bills and constitutional changes, lawmakers are regulating the country’s entertainment industry in a way we have never seen, ushering in new guidelines and raining unprecedented bureaucracy and government’s influence like we have never seen
The controversial and career killing bill will force all artists to belong to an association or risk not being paid for any show by corporate bodies and businesses if they chose not to register
The draft bill also prohibits them from having a political opinion, bars them from signing foreign endorsement deals without government approval and requires government’s yes to collaborate with foreign artists among other outrageous lines.
Entertainment Experts have warned the “bill of dead” will kill our struggling entertainment industry which is creeping without any government support
Many regret that fact that, government is putting is political agenda ahead of the general interests of entertainers.
supporters of the bill however say it will help curb illegal funding into the country which can be used for political purpose to destabilize Cameroon and most importantly will put more money into the pocket of artists through well organized syndicates
Making sense of the bill
Practically speaking, the draft bill basically gives government the right to decide what artists should say, who they work with, whey they should and when.
The bill indicates government can ban Charlotte Charlotte Dipanda from doing music in Cameroon if she expresses her opinion on political happenings in the country. The artist had until recently gone viral for calling for a change of leadership in the country.
The draft bill also means Stanley Enow can be punished for doing a music collabo with Nigeria’s Davido without the approval of Yaounde or Ben Decca can be barred from carrying out any public concert in Cameroon for signing and endorsement deal with Macdonald or KFC.
Time for artists and entertainers to look for another job?
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