No media freedom

The media situation in Burundi has been critical ever since the May 2015 coup attempt. Most independent radio stations have remained closed, while new government propaganda media outlets have been created in their place. Journalists find it hard to work freely and are often harassed by security forces which are encouraged by an official discourse associating non-aligned media with enemies of the nation. The journalist Jean Bigirimana’s disappearance in July 2016 has still not been solved. The authorities do not hesitate to summon news editors to “correct” their stories. Dozens of journalists have fled the country and many are charged with being complicit in the coup attempt. Social networks are used as a reporting tool by journalists and at the same time serve as news outlets, replacing gagged radio stations. But they are also often used in an attempt to disinform.

in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index



160 in 2017

Global score


55.78 in 2017

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