Political impasse curtails media freedom
It was hoped that the parliamentary elections held in March 2019 would finally end the years of instability that began with a military coup in 2012 and continued with Prime Minister Domingos Simões Pereira’s ouster by President José Mario Vaz three years later. The political impasse during these years polarized the media and journalists, weakened them and left them extremely vulnerable to political influence and pressure. It also resulted in an increase in government meddling in the state-owned media, whose directors have all been replaced. The staff of the public TV broadcaster, TGB, signed a petition condemning the lack of editorial independence in 2017 and went on strike for the same reason in January 2019. The right of access to information is not guaranteed and journalists still usually censor themselves when covering the government’s shortcomings, organized crime and the military’s continuing influence. Some journalists have fled abroad to escape threats and intimidation.
83 in 2018
30.09 in 2018