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Djibouti


-  Area: 23,200 sq. km.
-  Population: 644,000
-  Languages: Arabic, French, Afar, Issa
-  Type of state: republic
-  Head of state: President Ismaël Omar Guelleh

Djibouti - 2003 Annual Report

With state-owned media entirely under the thumb of the government and privately-owned newspapers that are financed and run by the opposition, the people of Djibouti are poorly informed and turn to the international media.

Press freedom does not yet exist in Djibouti. The state maintains its monopoly of the broadcast media and controls them very closely. Journalists working for the state-owned radio and TV broadcaster, RTD, have absolutely no room for manoeuvre and just relay official propaganda.
There are no independent news media. The few newspapers that are not controlled by the government are little more than bulletins put out by the various opposition parties.
To escape the extremely partisan national press, the local population and foreign residents have no other choice but to turn to the international radio stations with FM relays in Djibouti such as the BBC, Radio France Internationale (RFI) and, since December 2002, the Voice of America (VOA).



africa countries list
Africa Introduction - 2003 Annual Report
Africa update
Angola
Botswana
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cameroon
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
Chad
Comoros
Congo
Côte d’Ivoire
D.R Congo
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Gabon
Gambia
Ghana
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Kenya
Liberia
Madagascar
Malawi
Mali
Mauritania
Mozambique
Namibia
Niger
Nigeria
Rwanda
Senegal
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Somalia
South Africa
Swaziland
Tanzania
Togo
Uganda
Zambia
Zimbabwe

see also
2003 Asia Annual Report
2003 Americas Annual Report
2003 Europe Annual Report
2003 North Africa and the Middle East Annual Report