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Tensions will grow as Senegal approaches 2024 election

Monday, December 19, 2022

Significance

This follows a hunger strike by Niang and significant mobilisation by journalists and civil society organisations. Arrested on November 6, he was accused of reporting information 'harmful to state security'. In October, Amnesty International warned of increasing restrictions on the right to protest.

Impacts

  • A crackdown on journalists could make censorship and self-censorship within the media more likely over coming months.
  • It is likely that the 2024 election campaign will witness numerous violent demonstrations.
  • If Sonko wins the 2024 election, he may seek to renegotiate oil and gas contracts.

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