Net closing on journalists

Regarded as one of Africa’s most stable democracies, Senegal enjoys a diverse media landscape. The 2001 constitution guarantees freedom of information, and abuses against journalists have been relatively infrequent in recent years. But some subjects continue to be off limits and the staff of several media outlets have been summoned and subjected to intimidation for covering corruption. In 2016, Radio Walfdjri was pressured and narrowly avoided being suspended after allowing a listener to criticize the President. Three journalists were condemned to suspended jail sentences on defamation charges in April 2016 for reporting the facts. The net seems to be closing on the media, and the adoption of a media law decriminalizing media offenses has been suspended since 2010.

in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index



65 in 2016

Global score


27.99 in 2016

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2018
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