Amend existing media and digital legislation and bring them into line with international rights standards.
A landlocked Southeastern African country with 19 million population. It is a unitary presidential republic Freedom of expression has declined in Malawi over the last few years – both online and offline – as a result of a 2019 internet shutdown, and arrests related to political speech online. In February 2016, three political opposition members were arrested and charged with treason for allegedly plotting a coup through a WhatsApp conversation. The government has arrested social media users for their posts and deactivated SIM cards. During the May 2019 general elections, a network disruption on state-owned service providers raised suspicions that the government had orchestrated the blockage.
Households with internet access in 2017
Individuals using internet in 2017
Fixed Broadband Subscriptions per 100 inhabitants in 2017
Press Freedom Ranking in 2022
Malawi was last reviewed in November 2020.
Digital Rights and Free Expression Recommendations
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