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Ex-President's Return Triggers Media Warning from Government in Madagascar

Categories: Sub-Saharan Africa, Madagascar, Breaking News, Citizen Media, Freedom of Speech, Governance, Media & Journalism, Politics
Marc Ravalomanana - Public domain [1]

Marc Ravalomanana – Public domain

The political situation is tense again in Madagascar after ex-president in exile Marc Ravalomanana's return to the country. The conditions under which he came back and the subsequent house arrest and deportation to the North of the country are strongly debated on most malagasy media outlets. Heninkaja Rakotomanantsoa [2], managing editor of a TV channel in Antananarivo, posted in Malagasy on his facebook profile that all press editors received a warning memo from the government [3] about fact-checking any news pertaining to the return of Marc Ravalomanana : 

 Nahazo famp├«tandremana ny Onjam-peo sy ny Fahitalavitra rehetra, sao hono mitarika any amin'ny fanakorontanana saim-bahoaka ny fampahalalam-baovao diso, na tsy voamarina.

All media outlets in Madagascar (TV and radio) received a warning that they will be held responsible of threats to national security if they are caught spreading false information or rumors (since Ravalomananana's return).