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 2017 World Press Freedom Index



46 in 2016

Global score


23.84 in 2016

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2018
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