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The legal environment and free expression
Laws can help citizens exercise their right to free expression – for example, access to information laws or national constitutions guaranteeing the right to freedom of expression and freedom of information.

Laws can also be used to restrict free expression and media freedom. For example, governments and private citizens may use defamation and libel laws to prosecute media workers and citizens for speaking out about injustices. And, governments and public institutions may use privacy and security laws to restrict access to public information.

Database of legislation and case law affecting free expression in Africa
Legislation refers to laws (called Acts or Statutes) enacted by parliament, while case law is law based on the reported decisions of judges in cases that come before them. In their decisions, judges give the relevant facts of the case and the legal reasoning they applied to reach their decision.


To amend the Penal Code, Chapter. 7:01, as amended, and, the Protected Flag, Emblems and Names Act, Cap. 18:03 as amended, so as to give effect to the Republic of Malawi's international ...


IN EXERCISE of the powers conferred by sections 57 of the Communications Act, Cap 68:01 of the Laws of Malawi, I KONDWANI NANKHUMWA, MP, Minister of Information Tourism and Culture, in consultation ...


An Act to provide for the control of the recording and reproduction for commercial advertising purposes of Malawi traditional music and dancing performed as an integral part of any official or public ...


While this edition contains an authoritative version of the Constitution, it is not the official version of the Constitution. The official version is the one which was published in the Malawi Gazette ...



An Act to Make Provision for the Registration of Newspapers, 18 of 1947 the Printing and Publication of Books and the Preservation of Printed Works Published in Malawi.





An Act to consolidate the law relating to children by making provision for child care and protection and for child justice; and for matters of social development of the child and for connected ...