Central African Republic

Central African Republic

Three foreign journalists murdered

The CAR is struggling to emerge from the violence of a civil war marked by the ransacking of newspaper offices and destruction of radio stations. Attacks on the media continue and there are few guarantees for the safety of journalists caught between the various warring parties. Four years after French journalist Camille Lepage’s murder, three Russian journalists were murdered in July 2018 after arriving in the CAR to investigate the presence of Russian mercenaries. A great deal of disturbing evidence discredits the official version that they were killed in the course of being robbed. As the Russian and CAR investigations into this triple murder have made no progress and lack transparency, RSF called for an independent international investigation. Much of the country is not controlled by the state and the authorities are increasingly intolerant of criticism. Journalists who interview the various parties to the conflict are often treated as spies or as the accomplices of armed groups. The vulnerable and easily influenced print media publish little more than editorials, rumours and smear campaigns. Backed by Switzerland’s Fondation Hirondelle, Radio Ndeke Luka is one of the few media outlets providing properly sourced reporting in a landscape scarred by years of conflict. The transitional government’s National Communication Council is unable to fulfil its regulatory role.

in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index



112 in 2018

Global score


35.25 in 2018

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