Freedom of the Press

Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso

Freedom of the Press 2002

2002 Scores

Press Status

Partly Free

Press Freedom Score
(0 = best, 100 = worst)

39

Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)

16

Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)

14

The constitution and the Information Code protect press freedom. Some 50 private radio stations, a private television station, and many independent newspapers and magazines appear with little government interference. In September, a monthly political satire magazine was launched in Ouagadougou. The Supreme Council of Information regulates broadcast media. There is some self-censorship by journalists though the media are often highly critical of the government. In 2001, police briefly detained two journalists of L'Independant newspaper. Reporters sans Frontieres (RSF) filed a complaint in France against President Blaise Compaore during his visit to that country, but authorities dismissed it, citing presidential immunity. RSF had charged that the president was complicit in the murder of journalist Norbert Zongo in 1998.