Traditional modes of access to information are different according to the cultures, habits of local communities and the languages they use. People living in the forests use messengers who move from one territory to another to either pass a message or search for information that the community leader or the community itself needs. This is the case in communities living in the equatorial forest (some villages in North and South Ubangi are perfect illustrations).

On the whole, communities deprived of any possibility of accessing information through the media organise themselves around their customary chiefs and receive information, instructions and guidance only through him or through its organs (people working for him in a sort a local government) committed as communication relays. In all the communities throughout the villages in the DRC, the customary chiefs are the points to impulse and even for the management of all information. In all these communities, customary chiefs act through their collaborators who constitute relays. However, radio is becoming more and more prevalent in all regions and constitutes the source of information on the country and on other countries. Because of poverty, some of the communities have only one person or two owning a radio. In this case the whole neighborhood often comes to listen to the radio at their home and in the evening mainly men share the information received around the local drink during their traditional discussions.