Guinée Équatoriale

Guinée Équatoriale

Contrôle total des médias

A tight grip on the media and prior censorship are the norm under President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, who has held sway in Equatorial Guinea for the past 40 years and was reelected for a fifth seven-year term in April 2016. Under his authoritarian rule, it is impossible to criticise the president and the security forces. The news coverage provided by the few media outlets is closely controlled and none of them is really independent. News about the Covid-19 pandemic did not escape the regime’s tight censorship in 2020. A popular programme and the seven journalists who hosted it were suspended after a report about soldiers using violence to enforce a lockdown. Two journalists spent several days in prison in 2019 just for publishing an interview, and have yet to recover their former positions. The TV channel they worked for, the only one in Equatorial Guinea, is owned by Teodorín Obiang, the president’s son and current vice-president. Ramón Esono Ebalé, a well-known cartoonist who sometimes dared to satirise the president, spent nearly six months in prison after being arrested on trumped-up charges in September 2017. As a rule, coverage of major events during the past decade, such as the Arab spring, the fighting in Mali and Syria and the fall of Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaoré, was banned and visits to Equatorial Guinea by foreign reporters are heavily restricted. The few journalists who try to carry out independent reporting are regarded as subversives and as the regime’s enemies. They can be fired at any time, they can be detained, their programmes can be suspended and their equipment can be confiscated.

165
au Classement mondial de la liberté de la presse 2020

Classement

0

165 en 2019

Score global

-1,97

58,35 en 2019

Contacts

  • 0
    journalistes tués en 2021
  • 0
    journalistes citoyens tués en 2021
  • 0
    collaborateurs tués en 2021
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