Lack of media infrastructure

Although the 2001 constitution guarantees media freedom, most of the archipelago’s journalists censor themselves in fear of the heavy penalties for defamation. New media outlets have nonetheless surfaced in recent years thanks to donations and local initiatives. Journalists suffer above all from a lack of resources and training, and have found it hard to organize themselves. The provision of news and information online has grown recently although Internet access is very due to a lack of infrastructure, frequent power cuts, and high connection costs.

in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index



44 in 2017

Global score


24.33 in 2017

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