Flawed new media law

The situation in Madagascar, ruled by President Hery Rajaonarimampianina since 2014, is generally calm but democratic debate is still limited. Journalists are critical of the 2016 Code of Communication, which charges heavy fines for offenses ranging from insult and defamation to the publication of “false news” – a vague charge that denies journalists the right to make a mistake. A radio station manager who often covers corruption in the south of the island was given a two-year suspended prison sentence on a forgery charge in September 2017. It was the first jail term to handed to a journalist in more than 40 years. Covering influence-trafficking in connection with natural resources and the environment is still very dangerous.

in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index



54 in 2018

Global score


26.20 in 2018

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2019
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