Freedom of the Press

Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea

Freedom of the Press 2002

2002 Scores

Press Status

Not Free

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

80

Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)

29

Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)

25

The government restricts rights to press freedom that are guaranteed in the constitution. Nearly all print and broadcast media are state-run and tightly controlled. A few small independent newspapers publish occasionally but exercise self-censorship. All journalists must be registered, thereby applying indirect control over content. In February, the country's press association was shut down. Later, the president of the Equatorial Guinea Press Association was detained as he returned from an international conference on press freedom.