Journalists pressured to censor themselves

While the country may seem pluralistic, this is actually 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 were summarily deported for criticizing the government or inviting opposition politicians to express their views. During the 2016 presidential election, the Internet was disconnected to prevent journalists and activists from verifying and challenging the results. After being held for 18 months, newspaper editor Ghys Fortuné Bemba was finally freed in 2018. RSF continues to call for the withdrawal of all the charges against him so that he can go back to work without fearing reprisals. In 2018, the media regulator helped to obtain the release of several journalists arrested the year before but its president accused the country’s journalists of “tending to destabilize the state.”

in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index



114 in 2018

Global score


35.42 in 2018

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    journalists killed in 2020
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    citizens journalists killed in 2020
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