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 most of 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 concerning people's private life. The promised creation of a broadcast media has yet to take place.

in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index



81 in 2017

Global score


30.42 in 2017


  • 0
    journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2019
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