Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso

Real but fragile media freedom

With a dynamic, professional, and diverse media landscape, Burkina Faso is one of Africa’s success stories. The transition that followed President Blaise Compaoré’s departure took place without any major crackdown on the media, and defamation was recently decriminalized. But the media are still subject to some pressure, especially the threat of heavy fines or damages in defamation cases, which can lead to forced closure. The investigative newspaper L’Evènement’s sudden suspension in February 2016 for “publishing classified military information” about a failed coup as well as recently reported threats against journalists who criticize the President ultimately expose the fragility of media freedom in Burkina Faso.

in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index



42 in 2016

Global score


22.66 in 2016

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