Self-censorship on politics and religion

Self-censorship is the rule for journalists working for state-owned Radio Television Brunei and for the leading daily newspapers, which belong to the sultan’s family. The authorities sometimes intervene in the activities of journalists but in most cases the repressive legislation, rendered even harsher by the introduction of a very strict version of the Sharia, suffices to deter any comments that could be interpreted as blasphemy or criticism of the Sultanate. In 2017, several religious leaders called for tougher censorship measures in order to address what they called “moral decadence.”

in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index



156 in 2017

Global score


53.72 in 2017

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