Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea

Total control of the media

It came as no surprise that President Teodoro Obiang Nguema was re-elected for a fifth seven-year term in April 2016. The same man has ruled Equatorial Guinea for the past 38 years, keeping the media under tight control and exercising prior censorship. 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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