Years of progress ended

The disputed 2019 presidential election had a negative impact on the media. Social media was disconnected, two commercial TV stations were vandalized and radio phone-in programmes were banned when the election results were announced. These press freedom violations ended the progress seen in recent years, in which the number of abuses against reporters had fallen dramatically. A law allowing journalists to request information about elected officials and government institutions had finally been promulgated in February 2017, more than 12 years after it was first mooted. However, another law still provides for the imprisonment of those who “insult” the head of state. A cybersecurity law adopted in 2016 provides for the imprisonment for those who simply post “offensive” content. These laws could be used against journalists and bloggers. The Daily Times media group had to apologize in February 2018 after the ruling party criticized a report that appeared to favour the main opposition political party, and the tax department closed the headquarters of another media group critical of the government a few months later. 

in the 2020 World Press Freedom Index



68 in 2019

Global score


29.36 in 2019

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    journalists killed in 2021
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2021
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2021
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