Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world. According to the latest United Nations figures, Malawi ranks 174th out of 198 countries, with a poverty rate of almost 75% of the population. Corruption is rife in the country, due to the high level of bureaucracy. Police crack down on peaceful demonstrations against the country's current government, and journalists and activists are arrested for posting on social networks. And with the new law modifying the right to freedom of association, the situation is in the throes of deterioration. Eight Human Rights Ambassadors activists have been arrested by the police, with death threats and detention and an increase in cases of illegal surveillance by the police. As an example of repression, investigative journalist Gregory Gondwe was arrested by the police because of his article on police corruption.