Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso

Real but fragile media freedom

With dynamic, professional, and diverse media, 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. However, the media are still subject to some pressure -- especially the threat of heavy fines or damages in defamation cases -- which often leads 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 the intimidation of journalists by state security agents has illustrated the fragility of media freedom in Burkina Faso.

in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index



42 in 2017

Global score


23.85 in 2017

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