Expression

While the constitution of the Seychelles guarantees the freedom of expression, it also contains a high number of exceptions. Political figures and public officials have taken advantage of strict libel laws to bring a number of defamation suits when criticised in the media, and this has led to the imposition of some heavy libel fines on journalists and caused some media outlets to shut down. Much of the media sector, including the major daily newspaper and only TV station, is state-controlled and accused of pro-government bias, and several other newspapers have political party ties. There have been instances of threats against, attacks on and brief detentions of people who posted comments opposing the government. Death threats were made against an activist who hosted an online TV show in 2015. While there is a Media Commission, a statutory body created to preserve media freedom, many citizens doubt its impartiality and autonomy. There is currently no freedom of information law.