Radio Jupiter investigative journalist is charged with seven “outrageous” charges after reporting on illegal sapphire mines and power companies cheating its clients.
Located in Fianarantsoa, 400 km south of the capital, the regional branch of Viva, a radio and TV broadcaster owned by former transitional President Andry Rajoelina, was ransacked by masked individuals.
Madagascar’s National Assembly has quietly adopted a cybercrime law that provides for prison sentences for anyone insulting or defaming a state representative online.
Serge Razanaparany was detained and questioned by the local police. He is among the many people who have been arrested by the police investigating the lynching of three men accused of killing a boy whose body was found on a beach on 2 October.
The communication minister reacted to the airing of the message by saying Free FM was “liable to be prosecuted for complicity in an attack on state security.”
Under the guise of a so-called “consolidation of the broadcast landscape,” the government is censoring a multitude of small private stations.
Ten Radio Fahazavana employees had been in pre-trial detention for several months and still face charges of “inciting a revolt”.
RSF released a report on the media’s role in the country’s ongoing political crisis.
Alphonse Afakandro is being prosecuted on charges of defamation, insult and dissemination of false information following a complaint by the local gendarmerie.
Soldiers carried out a raid on Radio Fahazavana on 20 May, confiscating broadcasting equipment and transmitters and arresting 10 employees.
“Malagasy journalists and media should not be made the victims of score-settling between politicians,” said RSF.
Didier Ravoahangison and Lolo Ratsimba are accused of involvement in “acts of political destabilisation” and have been detained in Antanimora prison since 8 January.
Several journalists have been harassed in recent weeks and a website was mysteriously blocked.