Africa

Central African Republic profile - Media

  • 20 September 2013
  • From the section Africa
Newsstand in Central African Republic

Radio is the most-popular medium. The media consist largely of low-circulation newspapers and "often-isolated" radio stations, says Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

Persistent conflict has hampered media development. Officials and armed groups have targeted journalists and media outlets.

In Bangui, UN-sponsored Radio Ndeke Luka ("bird of luck") provides balanced output, and rebroadcasts international news programming.

Other radio and TV stations are run by the state-run Radiodiffusion-Television Centrafricaine and provide little coverage of the political opposition.

There are about two dozen privately-owned radio stations. Many of them are run by religious organisations.

BBC World Service (90.2 FM), Radio France Internationale and the Voice of America are available via local relays in Bangui.

Around 3% of citizens were online by 2012 (ITU). Internet penetration is mainly confined to Bangui.

Press

  • Le Citoyen - private, daily
  • Le Confident - private, daily
  • L'Hirondelle - private, daily
  • Le Démocrate - private, daily
  • L'Evenementiel - private, daily
  • Centrafrique-Presse - state-owned, bi-weekly

Television

  • Television Centrafricaine (TVCA) - state-run
  • Tropic RTV - private

Radio

  • Radio Centrafrique - state-run
  • Radio Notre Dame - Catholic
  • Radio Ndeke Luka - backed by UN and Swiss NGO

News agency/internet