Côte d’Ivoire

Côte d’Ivoire

Inadequate new media law

The violence resulting from the 2011 electoral crisis belongs to the past, but the media sector is still kept under close government surveillance. In December 2017, the national assembly adopted a new media law that states no grounds are admissible for detaining journalists. This ought to put a stop to the provisional detention of journalists, which is still common although the 2004 press law decriminalized media offenses. Eight journalists were taken into 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 that are older than ten years. The promised creation of a broadcast media has yet to take place.

in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index



86 in 2016

Global score


30.17 in 2016


  • 0
    journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2018
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