One exile radio station, nothing else

The repressive arsenal deployed against journalists in Djibouti means they live in fear of judicial harassment, illegal searches, and exorbitant fines resulting in detention for non-payment. No privately-owned or independent media outlet operate 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 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 Belgium but its publication is blocked online and its signal is often jammed.

in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index



172 in 2017

Global score


70.54 in 2017


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