There is a clear disparity in freedom of information which exists between the countries in Africa. Senegal enjoys its lively newspapers whereas Eritrea’s privately-owned media was silenced long ago. After a wave of liberalization in the 1990s, press freedom violations are now only too common. They include arbitrary censorship, especially on the Internet (by means of ad hoc Internet cuts in some countries), arrests of journalists, often on the grounds of combating terrorism, and acts of violence against media personnel that often go completely unpunished. The financial weakness of many media outlets makes them susceptible to political and financial influence, which undermines their independence.
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