Gabon | Freedom House

Freedom of the Press



Freedom of the Press 2002

2002 Scores

Press Status

Partly Free

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


Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)


Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)


The "responsibilities" as well as the rights of journalists are specified in the communications code. At the government's discretion, libel may be considered a criminal or civil offence. The government owns the only daily newspaper, but opposition parties control at least a dozen weeklies, which publish irregularly because of financial limitations. Six private radio and television stations are licensed to operate, but their viability is uncertain. In February, the newspaper La Griffe was suspended and editor Michel Ongoundou was temporarily prohibited from practicing journalism. Legal action was also initiated against the paper by the president and his family.