A law to facilitate access to information

The freedom to inform has improved in Malawi for the past 15 years and the number of abuses against reporters has fallen dramatically. A law allowing journalists to request information about elected officials and government institutions finally came into effect in February 2017, more than 12 years after it was first raised. Nonetheless, a law still provides for the imprisonment of those who “insult” the head of state. The Daily Times had to apologize in February 2018 after the ruling party criticized a report allegedly favoring the main opposition political party.

in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index



70 in 2017

Global score


28.97 in 2017

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