Assailed on both sides

Freedom of information in Somalia is undermined by corruption, political violence, the central government’s extreme weakness, and the fact that non-state entities control much of the country. Both the government and the rebel Islamist Al-Shabaab movement persecute journalists. Those who refuse to censor themselves are the targets of bombings or shootings by Al-Shabaab militants, or they are exposed to arbitrary detention and torture. The authorities often close down the media outlets of journalists who do not comply. At least four journalists were killed in connection with their work in 2017, and several others were injured in terrorist attacks.

in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index



167 in 2017

Global score


65.95 in 2017

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