Niger

Niger

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 decriminalizes media offenses. Some outspoken journalists have been harassed online and have had their accreditation withdrawn.

61
in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index

Ranking

-9

52 in 2016

Global score

+2.59

24.62 in 2016

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2017
  • 0
    netizens killed in 2017
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2017
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