Côte d’Ivoire is a francophone West African country of 23.6 million inhabitants as of 2017. Its media landscape is diverse, though characterized by continued dominance of the state over broadcasting, and a stark contrast between Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire’s capital (with an estimated 4.86 million inhabitants in 2018), and the rest of the country. The history of Ivoirian media landscape is, in many ways, the history of Ivoirians seeking to build a modern and more democratic nation. It is also a history of ordinary people aspiring to a better life, in a country where nearly half of the population (46% in 2015 according to the World Bank) earns less than $1.30 a day.

This entry provides an overview of how the state and ordinary people in Côte ...

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