Madagascar | Freedom House

Freedom of the Press



Freedom of the Press 2002

2002 Scores

Press Status

Partly Free

Press Freedom Score
(0 = best, 100 = worst)


Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)


Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)


The state monopoly of radio and television has ended. Ten private radio stations now broadcast in addition to the government's radio and television stations. Private media, however, have a more limited range than the government systems. Several daily and weekly newspapers publish material critical of the government and other parties and politicians. In general, the press enjoys considerable freedom. However, the government occasionally pressures the media to curb its coverage of certain issues, opposition politicians are rarely given access to state-run media, and journalists practice self-censorship. A national journalists' association reported that six reporters and editors received threatening phone calls from unidentified persons between July and August, according to the U.S. State Department.