Madagascar

Madagascar

Flawed new media law

The situation in Madagascar, a republic ruled by Hery Rajaonarimampianina since 2014, is generally calm but democratic debate is still limited. Prior to the 2013 elections, many media outlets were censored and closed in order to ensure “respect for the rule of law” and to “overhaul the media landscape.” The situation has been less fraught since then but does not seem to be moving in the right direction. Madagascar’s journalists are critical of a new media law called the Code of Communication because media offenses would be tried under the criminal code, potentially criminalizing journalism. It envisages heavy fines for offenses ranging from insult and defamation to the publication of “false news” – a vague charge that means journalists no longer have the right to make a mistake. Coverage of influence-trafficking in connection with natural resources and the environment is still very dangerous.

57
in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index

Ranking

-1

56 in 2016

Global score

-0.33

27.04 in 2016

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2017
  • 0
    netizens killed in 2017
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2017
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