Strapped for cash

The government has cut back its economic support for both the state and privately-owned media resulting in badly needed funding and resources. Under President Ali Bongo, the idea of independent media has yet to take hold in Gabon. Most publications are partisan and there is a great deal of self-censorship. Journalists who try to practice their profession in an even-handed manner are often targeted by the government, political parties, or businessmen who do not hesitate to use physical violence against them. A new “communication code” decriminalizes media offenses but otherwise restricts the freedoms of not only the print media but also all other forms of broadcast, print, digital, and cinematographic production.

in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index



108 in 2017

Global score


34.83 in 2017

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2019
Go to the barometre