Arbitrary violence

Freedom of information has improved in Malawi during the past 15 years and the number of abuses against reporters has fallen. Freedom of expression and media freedom are guaranteed by the law and are usually respected. Nonetheless, arbitrary police violence continues and journalists covering police operations sometimes find their equipment being seized. Some journalists endure physical abuse. A law still provides for the imprisonment of those who “insult” the head of state.

in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index



66 in 2016

Global score


28.12 in 2016

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2018
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