Worrying erosion of press freedom
Since the government has cut back its economic support for both the state and privately-owned media, news organizations lack much-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. In 2018, both national media outlets and one foreign broadcaster were subjected to a disturbing series of sanctions as a result of reporting critical of the president or his close associates. Governmental meddling in the public broadcast media’s editorial policies prompted an unprecedented strike. A new “communication code” in 2016 decriminalized media offences but otherwise restricts the freedoms of print media and all other forms of broadcast, print, digital and cinematographical production.
108 in 2018
32.37 in 2018