Djibouti

Djibouti

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.

173
in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index

Ranking

-1

172 in 2017

Global score

+0.23

70.54 in 2017

Contacts

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