In the last two years, Malawi’s democracy has witnessed substantial deterioration. Basic rights to assembly and expression have come under threat and accountability mechanisms are being undermined.  A major standoff over threats to academic freedom and the closure of the university is ongoing. Relations with  donors, especially the British and the Norwegian, are severely strained. Peter Von Doepp presents an overview of the unfolding situation in Malawi.  

Peter Von Doepp is an expert on state-media relations in Africa’s new democracies and is currently researching why governments interfere with the media in some contexts and less so in others. He is a professsor at the University of Vermont and a guest-researcher at CMI.