Government-controlled state TV

RSF condemned the High Authority for Broadcasting and Communication’s closure of four opposition broadcast media outlets in the space of 48 hours in December. However, state TV has provided more coverage of opposition activity since the current government took office in March 2016. Benin’s journalists enjoy some freedom of expression and, even if they are sometimes prosecuted and convicted, the sentences are rarely enforced. A new media law adopted in January 2015 decriminalized media offenses except for insulting the president and endangering national security.

in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index



78 in 2016

Global score


28.97 in 2016

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2017
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2017
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2017
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