Government-controlled state TV

More than a year after the High Authority for Broadcasting and Communication shut down several commercial broadcast media outlets, a radio station and two TV channels were finally able to resume operating in January 2018. But Sikka TV, which is owned by President Patrice 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. The state TV broadcaster has ceased to cover opposition activity since Talon became president in March 2016. Benin’s journalists nonetheless enjoy some freedom of expression and, although they are sometimes prosecuted and convicted, the sentences are rarely enforced. The decriminalization of all media offenses, which Talon promised during his election campaign, has yet to take place.

in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index



78 in 2017

Global score


30.32 in 2017

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2019
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