One exile radio station, nothing else

Judicial harassment, illegal searches, exorbitant fines resulting in detention for non-payment – the repressive arsenal used against Djibouti’s journalists has it all. As a result, no privately-owned or independent media outlet operates within the country. The Freedom of Communication Law is itself an obstacle to free speech and media pluralism. It provides for jail terms for media offenses 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 outside the country.

in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index



172 in 2016

Global score


70.90 in 2016


  • 0
    journalists killed in 2017
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2017
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2017
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