Preserving the paradise image at all costs

This small archipelago’s size and remoteness limit advertising revenue and job opportunities for journalists. The general-interest media practice a degree of self-censorship in order not to endanger their earnings from advertising. At the same time, newspapers 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, many sensitive subjects are off limits. Although Seychelles has strict defamation laws, they have not been used for years and there are few reports of abuses against journalists. Efforts were made in 2015 to improve the transparency of the media’s regulatory body.

in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index



92 in 2016

Global score


30.60 in 2016

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