Press offences not decriminalized

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. Radio stations that interview government critics may be harassed and their journalists convicted of defamation, but this is relatively rare. After several years of discussion, journalists were bitterly disappointed by the adoption of a press code in June 2017 that failed to decriminalize press offences and provides for the confiscation of equipment and material and even the closure of media outlets for threats to state security.

in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index



50 in 2018

Global score


25.61 in 2018

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2020
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2020
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2020
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