Victims of violence

Attacks on journalists have declined but press freedom is still fragile. The investigation into the shooting deaths of two French radio journalists in Kidal, northern Mali, in November 2013 has still not concluded and the circumstances surrounding this double murder have not yet been clarified. Northern Mali has continued to be dangerous for media personnel ever since the 2013 crisis. A journalist was murdered in Timbuktu in 2015, and a journalist was taken hostage during a personal visit to the centre of the country in 2018. The authorities harass the media over their coverage of security issues and any criticism of the army can lead to arrest on a charge of “contravening standards and undermining troop morale.” There is a significant degree of media pluralism, but the media are short of money and find it hard to resist the editorial dictates of those who fund them. In 2018, several journalists were attacked, some of the staff of Mali Actu were arrested and a radio station was illegally shut down during the presidential election. The six-month jail sentence imposed on a newspaper editor highlighted the urgency to pass a law decriminalizing press offences.

in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index



115 in 2018

Global score


36.15 in 2018

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2020
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2020
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2020
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