Freedom of information in Somalia suffers from corruption, political violence and the central government’s extreme weakness. Non-state entities control much of the country. Journalists are persecuted by both the government and the rebel Islamist Al-Shabaab movement. Those who refuse to censor themselves are the targets of bombings or shooting by Al-Shabaab militants or exposed to arbitrary detention or the closure of their media outlets by the authorities.

in the 2016 World Press Freedom Index



172 in 2015

Global score


72.31 in 2015

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2017
  • 0
    netizens killed in 2017
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2017
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