Gabon needs to amend the Communications Code to ensure that it is in line with international standards on freedom of expression.

Gabon is a country on the west coast of Africa and its population is 2 million. The government is a presidential republic however, there is a dominant party inheriting the government as president Ali Bongo Ondimba succeeded his father upon his death in 2009 after more than 40 years in power. The 2017 communications code contains provisions that restricted media freedom, including an obligation for media to promote “the country’s image and national cohesion.” Therefore, self censorship in the media is common. There are also reports on internet shutdowns in Gabon and restricting access to information.

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    Households with internet access in 2017

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    Individuals using internet in 2017

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    Fixed Broadband Subscriptions per 100 inhabitants in 2017

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    Press Freedom Ranking in 2022

Upr cycle

Gabon was last reviewed in November 2022.

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    Gabon cluster

    The country clusters are a local working group in each Uproar target country made up of our partner organisations. The clusters are organised by local lead organisations, who then coordinate local civil society and human rights defenders with digital rights expertise to engage in national-level advocacy and campaigning.