Democratic Recession and its impact on Press Freedom: Case studies from Five Countries in West Africa

The West Africa sub-region has been experiencing a democratic recession in recent years. The backslide in democracy has been characterized by the incidence of coups d’etat and the rise in autocratic governments. These developments have had a debilitating impact on the safety of journalists, media independence, regulation and media sustainability.
This report examines the impact the ongoing democratic recession in West Africa is having on press freedom in five countries: Mali, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Guinea Bissau and Niger

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