This report analyses several laws and policies affecting media freedom in Angola, Central African Republic (CAR) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). From the onset, it is worth highlighting that Angola, CAR and DRC are state parties to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights which entrench the promotion and protection of freedom of expression and access to information under articles 19 and 9 respectively. This means all 3 States have an obligation to enact laws which enable the enjoyment of these rights. It is on this basis that the laws and policies discussed in this report are measured. Any restriction to freedom of expression must be prescribed by law and conform to the strict tests of necessity and proportionality.
Angola, DRC, CAR