One exile radio station, nothing else

What with judicial harassment, illegal searches and exorbitant fines resulting in detention for non-payment, the repressive arsenal deployed against journalists in Djibouti means they live in fear. No privately-owned or independent media outlet operates within the country. The only Djibouti-based media are used for propaganda purposes by President Ismaël Omar Guelleh’s government. The 1992 Freedom of Communication Law is itself an obstacle to free speech and media pluralism. It provides for jail terms for media offences and imposes age and nationality restrictions on those who can create a media outlet. La Voix de Djibouti, the only independent media outlet, broadcasts from Belgium but its signal is often jammed and it is blocked online.

in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index



173 in 2018

Global score


70.77 in 2018


  • 0
    journalists killed in 2020
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2020
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2020
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