AFRICA — SENEGAL — ADVERTISING & INFLUENCE
In Senegal, an estimated 85 percent of advertising revenues are reserved for state-run media, according to IREX. In 2008, during a newscast on state-run television, the head of communications for the ruling Senegalese Democratic Party, Farba Senghor, invited all the state department heads close to the ruling party, and all the party’s loyalists, to boycott private media and suspend subscriptions and advertising contracts to punish them for what he called a critical tone against the president and the government.33It is believed that the state and its agencies have been observing an unofficial boycott of private media deemed “hostile” since then.
IREX, Media Sustainability Index 2008, Senegal, http://www.irex.org/system/files/2-Africa_08_ senegal_0.pdf
Committee to Protect Journalists, Attacks on the Press in 2008: Senegal, February 10, 2009, http:// cpj.org/2009/02/attacks-on-the-press-in-2008-senegal.php