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, producing very slanted reporting. 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 regulatory body.

in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index



87 in 2017

Global score


30.86 in 2017

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2019
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