Slow but disturbing decline

Freedom of information has declined sharply since 2015 amid growing international efforts to combat terrorism. The run-up to the February 2016 presidential election was marked by arrests of journalists and obstruction of media activity. Access to social networks such as Facebook and WhatsApp and the sending of SMS messages were blocked for three days. Journalists continue to be tried under the criminal code instead of the media law, which has decriminalized media offenses. A journalist who is well known both for his professionalism and his critical view of governance in Niger was sentenced in July 2017 to two years in prison and the withdrawal of all civil and political rights for ten years. Other outspoken journalists have been harassed online and have had their press accreditation withdrawn. The government has so far failed to facilitate access to advertising for the privately-owned media, which would enable them to improve their economic viability and provide a real public service.

in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index



61 in 2017

Global score


27.21 in 2017

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