Africa

Equatorial Guinea profile

  • 15 August 2012
  • From the section Africa

Equatorial Guinea's media outlets are closely controlled by the government. There are few private publications.

The nation ranks at position 161 out of 179 countries in the 2012 Reporters Without Borders (RSF) press freedom index. RSF includes President Obiang on its list of "Predators of Press Freedom". The watchdog says the national broadcaster obeys the orders of the information ministry.

A "news blackout" was imposed on reporting of uprisings in Arab states in North Africa in 2011, says the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Radio France Internationale and Gabon-based Africa No 1 broadcast on FM in Malabo. Satellite TV is widely available.

There were more than 42,000 internet users by December 2011 (Internetworldstats.com). There are no reported government curbs on internet access.

Press

  • Ebano - state-owned
  • La Opinion - private, weekly
  • La Nacion - private
  • La Gaceta - monthly

Television

  • Television Nacional - state-run

Radio

  • Radio Nacional de Guinea Ecuatorial - state-run
  • Radio Asonga - private, owned by president's son