Reporters Without Borders Annual Report 2006 - Madagascar
|Publisher||Reporters Without Borders|
|Publication Date||3 May 2006|
|Cite as||Reporters Without Borders, Reporters Without Borders Annual Report 2006 - Madagascar, 3 May 2006, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/46e6909423.html [accessed 28 December 2014]|
This huge African island enjoys a real pluralism of information and a relative freedom of expression, despite a bad law that has never been reformed. The most serious problem lies elsewhere. Too often, Malagasy politicians use the press as weapons. As a result violent political quarrels between a former and a current minister can be played out there, ending in court, where journalists face prison for defamation.
Reporters Without Borders has constantly stressed the absurdity of this situation. Moreover a new communications law decriminalising press offences which President Marc Ravalomana has been promising for five years, has never been put before parliament. The reform is in such a muddle, according to one Malagasy journalist that "the press no longer knows what law it is controlled by".