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. In 2018, the country abolished the death penalty, a precondition for the possible extradition of François Compaoré, the former president’s brother, back to Burkina Faso to face charges of ordering investigative journalist Nobert Zongo’s murder more than 20 years ago. But the media are still subject to some pressure, especially the threat of heavy fines or damages in defamation cases that could force them to close. The security situation in the north of the country makes it hard to cover anything taking place there. It is also still dangerous to attempt any critical or objective coverage of the Burkinabe military’s efforts to combat terrorism.

in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index



41 in 2018

Global score


23.33 in 2018

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