Africa

Africa

Many different levels of freedom of information exist in Africa, from Senegal and its lively newspapers to Eritrea, where the privately-owned media were reduced to a deafening silence long ago. After a wave of liberalization in the 1990s, arbitrary censorship is now only too common and has been intensified in recent years on the grounds of combatting terrorism, while acts of violence against journalists often go completely unpunished. The financial weakness of many media outlets makes them susceptible to political and financial influence that undermines their independence.

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