The violence resulting from the 2011 electoral crisis belongs to the past but the media sector is still kept under close government surveillance. The media have yet to achieve independence from the country’s political leaders, but they are very diverse. Although the 2004 press law decriminalized media offenses, journalists are still sometimes taken into provisional custody on charges of insulting the President or publishing false information. The public continues to await the opening of broadcasting to the private sector, and the end of state-owned Radiodiffusion Television Ivoirienne’s monopoly. The National Communication Council continues to lean harder on opposition newspapers than on pro-government ones, but journalists are no longer subjected to outright abuses.
86 in 2016
30.17 in 2016