Freedom of the Press



Freedom of the Press 2002

2002 Scores

Press Status


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


Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)


Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)


Though Mali's news media are among the freest in Africa, the government occasionally arrests journalists for criminal defamation. Legislation in 2000 provided for reduced penalties for libel. In May, however, the head of the country's public television station was sentenced to one month in prison for a comment on corruption. At least 100 independent newspapers operate freely, and across the country more than 120 independent radio stations, including community stations, broadcast in regional languages. The government operates one television station and many radio stations, but all carry diverse views, including those critical of the government.