Guinea Bissau

Guinea Bissau

Political impasse blocks media freedom

An agreement signed in Conakry in October 2016 was supposed to end the crisis of the past few years. But the accord has still not been implemented 18 months later and the political impasse has resulted in an increase in government meddling in the state-owned media. Several privately-owned media outlets have meanwhile begun operating again and the president has reaffirmed the free speech rights guaranteed by the constitution and laws adopted in 2005. But the right of access to information is not guaranteed and journalists often censor themselves when covering the government’s shortcomings, organized crime, and the military’s continuing influence. Three Portuguese-language radio stations were shut down for four months in 2017 for their allegedly tendentious coverage of the political crisis. Some journalists have fled abroad to escape threats and intimidation.

in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index



77 in 2017

Global score


30.09 in 2017

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2019
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