Preserving the paradise image at all costs
Media pluralism and funding is limited by this small archipelago’s size and population. The self-censorship reflexes inherited from decades of communist single-party rule and close control of the media is gradually dissipating and giving way to a broader range of opinion and more editorial freedom. There are only a few private broadcast media and the government maintains its influence on the country’s state-owned TV channel and its two radio stations. The privately-owned media often take political sides, with the result that their reporting is very slanted. As the government seeks above all to protect the country’s image as a tourist paradise, any criticism of subjects related to this image is difficult. The law on access to information that the national assembly adopted in 2018 is not expected to facilitate coverage of the most sensitive issues because its many exemptions free public officials from any obligation to provide information when national security or the country’s economic model is at stake. Although Seychelles has strict defamation laws, they have not been used for years and there are few reports of abuses against journalists.
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