RSF registered fewer press freedom violations in Côte d’Ivoire in 2018 but police attacks on journalists, especially during demonstrations, have continued and testify to the need for more awareness training about journalists’ rights. A new media law that says no grounds are admissible for detaining journalists should put a stop to the provisional detention of journalists, which is still common, with eight journalists being taken into provisional custody in 2017. Other provisions of the new media law are less progressive: insulting the president is a crime and journalists can be sued for defamation for reporting verified facts if they involve a person’s privacy. The promised opening-up of the broadcast media has yet to take place and, despite the president’s undertakings, no significant progress has been seen in the investigation into the disappearance of Guy-André Kieffer, a journalist with French and Canadian dual nationality, in Abidjan 15 years ago.
82 in 2018
30.08 in 2018