Attacks on journalists have declined but press freedom is still fragile. The investigation into the murder of two French radio journalists in Kidal, in northern Mali, in November 2013 has made little progress. Since the 2013 crisis, northern Mali has continued to be dangerous for media personnel, as was seen when journalists with the national TV channel ORTM were taken hostage by a Tuareg group in Kidal in 2014, and a journalist was murdered in Timbuktu in 2015. The authorities harass the media over their coverage of security issues, and any criticism of the army can lead to arrest and a charge of “contravening standards and undermining troop morale.” When hostages were taken at Bamako’s Radisson Blu Hotel in November 2015, ORTM did not cover it but instead broadcast a TV drama series. 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. Some subjects continue to be off limits: two investigative journalists were threatened in June 2017 for reporting the involvement of three senior members of Mali’s episcopal conference in an alleged case of tax evasion.
116 in 2017
38.27 in 2017