Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea

Total control of the media

Ramón Esono Ebalé, a cartoonist who often satirizes President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, was arrested in September 2017 and was held for five months on trumped-up charges. Tight control of the media and prior censorship are the norm under Obiang, who has ruled Equatorial Guinea for the past 39 years and was reelected for a fifth seven-year term in April 2016. In practice, it is impossible to criticize the president and the security forces. Media coverage of the Arab spring, the fighting in Mali and Syria, and the fall of Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaoré was banned. In February 2016, the government banned national TV channels from covering the International Criminal Court’s trial of Côte d’Ivoire’s former president, Laurent Gbagbo. Journalists can be fired and detained, their programs can be suspended, and their equipment can be confiscated. Self-censorship often replaces reporting.

in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index



168 in 2016

Global score


66.47 in 2016


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