In Cape Verde, the MFWA works with its partner organisation, Associação de Jornalistas de Cabo Verde (Association of Journalists of Cape Verde, AJOC) to promote and guard the press freedom and freedom of expression guarantees in the country.
About Cape Verde
Cape Verde, officially known as Cabo Verde since October 24, 2013, is made up of two groups of islands, the Sotavento islands in the south and the Barlavento islands in the north. The country is situated in the Atlantic Ocean and 570km off the coasts of Mauritania, Senegal and The Gambia. Praia is its capital.
Cape Verde is one of the earliest Portuguese colonies. It gained independence on July 5, 1975. It’s economy is based on tourism, the service sector and capital inflows from the diaspora.
Overview of the Media and FoE Environment
Since gaining independence in 1975, the country has enjoyed political stability. It is considered one of the most democratic countries in West Africa. The media environment is characterised by the respect for press freedom and freedom of expression, an exemplary one in West Africa. However, it is worth noting that political authorities do sometimes manipulate some media organisations.
The Communication Regulatory Authority (ARC) was set up in 2011 to guarantee the right to information, freedom of the press and cultural diversity. It is also charged with liaising with other authorities on sound and efficient functioning of the audio-visual and print media, for a better implementation of transparency and equity.
Legal & Regulatory Framework of the Operations of the Media in Cape Verde
The country’s Constitution, as amended in 2010, guarantees freedom of thought, expression, information and association.