Political impasse blocks media freedom
The agreement signed in Conakry in October 2016 was supposed to end the recent crisis in Guinea-Bissau. But the accord has still not been implemented six months later. This political impasse has resulted in an increase in government meddling in the state-owned media. Several privately-owned media outlets have begun operating again, and the President has reaffirmed the free speech rights guaranteed by the constitution and laws adopted in 2005. Nonetheless, coverage of government shortcomings, organized crime, and the military’s continuing influence are all still subject to a great deal of self-censorship. Some journalists have fled abroad to escape threats and intimidation.
79 in 2016
29.03 in 2016