Two musicians, Fadal Dey and Lago Paulin, alleged on 22 May 2010 that Côte d’Ivoire’s national television station has refused to air their popular music because it contains social and political commentary.

The newspaper L’Expression quotes musicians Fadal Dey and Lago Paulin as saying that their ‘subversive’ music is seen as critical of President Gbagbo’s government. Highlights of some of their tracks include songs forgiving previous governments on the basis that the present government is similarly as corrupt, and others stating that human rights and social securities are absent in the country.

Media Foundation for West Africa states that the national television station, Radio Television Ivoirienne, regularly broadcasts pro-government music by groups that label themselves ‘patriot’.

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