ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar – The United States is worried about a "considerable deterioration" in press and other freedoms in Madagascar.
A sharply worded critique issued Wednesday by the U.S. Embassy expressed concern about "the constant harassment of political dissidents and journalists" on the Indian Ocean island.
The statement also referred to reports of arbitrary arrests and mistreatment of suspects linked to a failed military mutiny last month.
The U.S. is calling on Madagascar's military-backed regime to stop intimidating the press and opposition politicians.
Andry Rajoelina has been in power since toppling an elected president last year. He has defied international calls to seek a negotiated solution to Madagascar's political crisis.