According to the report, fight against terrorism tests media freedom in Burkina Faso. However, it states that with dynamic, professional and diverse media, Burkina Faso is one of Africa’s success stories.
The country ranks fifth in Africa and 38th globally with a 23.47 score. The country recently decriminalized defamation and is no longer punishable by imprisonment, but can still result in heavy fines or damages that can force a media house to close.
The report noted that the transition that followed President Blaise Compaoré’s departure took place without any major crackdown on the media and the government now favours extraditing Compaoré’s brother François Compaoré to be tried on a charge of masterminding investigative journalist Norbert Zongo’s murder more than 20 years ago.