Media closely watched

With more than 70 radio stations, approximately 60 newspapers and magazines, and around 15 TV channels, Benin’s media landscape is one of the most pluralistic in the region and its journalists enjoy a significant degree of freedom of expression. But the state-owned media have provided little coverage of opposition activities since Patrice Talon became president in 2016, and the media have been subjected to close surveillance. Pro-government reporting “guidelines” are often sent to the media after cabinet meetings. The High Authority for Broadcasting and Communication continues to be headed by a man who was reprimanded by a court for excessive zeal after he arbitrarily shut down several media outlets. Sikka TV, which is owned by President Talon’s leading political opponent, is still deprived of its broadcast signal although a court ruled in May 2017 that it should be allowed to reopen.

in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index



84 in 2018

Global score


30.16 in 2018

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2020
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2020
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2020
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