The Republic of Seychelles, an archipelago off the east coast of Africa, has the smallest population of any African nation.

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Constitution and government

The constitution and other laws protect freedom of religion or belief and this right is generally respected in practice.

Freedom of expression, advocacy of humanist values

The government controls much of the nation’s print and broadcast media, including the daily Seychelles Nation newspaper. Strict libel laws are sometimes used to harass journalists, leading to self-censorship. The government can restrict the broadcast of material considered to be objectionable.

Religious broadcasting

The government provides broadcast time to religious groups on the national radio broadcasting service (but no Humanist or secular equivalent).

The small population is predominantly Roman Catholic. Despite the disapproval of both state and religious authorities, many Seychellois holds beliefs about magic, witchcraft, sorcery, fortune-telling, and obtain amulets or charms, called gri-gri, to as anti-luck charm against enemies. Some Seychellois believe in an ancient religion called Ahrjuje.