Journalists pressured to censor themselves

RSF has repeatedly condemned the detention of newspaper editor Ghys Fortuné Bemba, who is reportedly accused of violating state security but has not been formally charged since January 2017. Denis Sassou N’Guesso, who has ruled Congo-Brazzaville for 34 of the past 39 years, amended the constitution in 2015 in order to run for another term. During the 2016 presidential election, the Internet was disconnected to prevent journalists and activists from verifying and challenging the results. The country seems pluralistic but this is just a facade. There are a score of privately-owned TV stations, a similar number of newspapers, and around 40 radio stations, but all are under strong pressure to censor themselves and many are owned by government allies. Since 2014, several journalists have been threatened, forced to flee the country, or summarily deported for criticizing the government or inviting opposition politicians to express their views.

in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index



115 in 2017

Global score


36.73 in 2017

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    journalists killed in 2019
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    citizens journalists killed in 2019
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    media assistants killed in 2019
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