Violence, arbitrary arrest and cyber-censorship
It is difficult to be a journalist in Chad. Reporters are often arrested because of what they write. Most are usually released fairly quickly but some have been held arbitrarily for weeks or even months, and some have reported being mistreated while detained. Coverage of impunity or criticism of President Idriss Deby Itno is not tolerated and can lead to expulsion for foreign journalists, abduction and arbitrary detention for Chadian journalists and to the closure of media outlets – the fate suffered by a weekly newspaper in 2018. Journalists have also been subjected to threats and violence by the security forces while covering street protests against the government’s austerity measures. In response to calls from journalists’ associations, the Chadian media staged a “Day without Press” in February 2018 in which media outlets stopped broadcasting and publishing for an entire day to denounce the attacks on journalists and media by the political police and regular police, which enjoy complete impunity. A month later, the authorities blocked social networks and have yet to restore access, making Chad one of the worst cyber-censors in 2018.
123 in 2018
38.45 in 2018