Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea

Total control of the media

Ramón Esono Ebalé, a cartoonist who often satirizes President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, was held for five months after being arrested on trumped-up charges in September 2017. Tight control of the media and prior censorship are the norm under Obiang, who has held sway in Equatorial Guinea for the past 40 years and was reelected for a fifth seven-year term in April 2016. Under his authoritarian rule, it is impossible to criticize the president and the security forces. The news coverage provided by the few media outlets is closely controlled and none of them is really independent. Coverage of the Arab spring, the fighting in Mali and Syria, and the fall of Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaoré was completely banned. Journalists can be fired and detained, their programmes suspended, and equipment confiscated. Self-censorship often replaces reporting. The few journalists who try to do independent reporting are regarded as subversives and as the regime’s enemies.

in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index



171 in 2018

Global score


66.47 in 2018


  • 0
    journalists killed in 2020
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2020
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2020
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