The African Charter on Broadcasting

Radio has experienced huge growth over the last fifteen years in West
Africa. This trend can be attributed to political liberalization accompanied
by liberalization of the media environment, and technological advances,
which have facilitated the installation and operation of small units, even in
the most remote areas. It is difficult to put an exact figure on the number
of radio stations in West Africa today, but an estimate can be made at
over 700. However, this figure masks disparities between countries. For
example, in 2009, Mali had 498 radio stations officially registered (of which
300 are currently broadcasting) as well as several operating without a
licence. Benin, in comparison, has 180 radio stations and Burkina Faso,
only 60.

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