Senegal 🇸🇳 is a West African country which mostly practices Islam. It was a French colony until 1960.

General censorship[]

Senegal has the most decisive freedom of expression of all African countries. It has many associations active in human rights and freedom of expression. Senegal also has the freedom to practice religion, or not practice a religion

Book censorship[]

  • The Satanic Verses - this novel by Salman Rushdie was banned for blasphemy against Islam (which is a religion followed by most Senegalese).

Film censorship[]

  • Ceddo (The Outsiders) - this drama film was banned in Senegal in 1984 (during the government of Léopold Sedar Senghor) for its presentation of the conflicts between Islamic and Christian religions and ethnic and traditional beliefs. According to another account reported in The New York Times in 1978, the banning was not "because of any religious sensitivity, but because Mr. Sembene insists on spelling 'Ceddo' with two d's while the Senegalese Government insists it be spelled with one."
  • Camp de Thiaroye - this war drama film about the mutiny by and mass killing of French West African troops by French forces on the night of 30 November 30 to 1 December 1944, was banned for its criticism of the of the colonial system.

Internet censorship[]

There are no government restrictions on access to the Internet, or reports that the government monitors e-mail or Internet chat rooms without appropriate legal authority. Individuals and groups engage in the peaceful expression of views via the Internet, including by e‑mail.

The constitution and law provide for freedom of speech and press; however, the government limits these rights in practice. Individuals can generally criticize the government publicly or privately without reprisal. The law criminalizes libel, and libel laws are used to block or punish critical reporting and commentary. The constitution and law prohibit arbitrary interference with privacy, family, home, or correspondence, and the government generally respects these prohibitions in practice.

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