Watching their step

Journalists and media outlets are often ordered to pay exorbitant damages if found guilty of defamation, which is punishable by fines or imprisonment. Politicians do not hesitate to bring lawsuits in response to vexatious revelations. The bank account of Daphne Caruana Galizia, a journalist who published compromising information about the members of the government in January 2017, was frozen the following month at the Economy Minister’s behest. A proposed defamation law that would force newly created websites to register with the government triggered an outcry in February 2017.

in the 2016 World Press Freedom Index



48 in 2015

Global score


24.16 in 2015

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2017
  • 0
    netizens killed in 2017
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2017
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