Costa Rica

Costa Rica

A case apart

The Latin American country with the best record on respecting human rights and freedom of expression, Costa Rica is a remarkable exception in a region characterized by corruption, violent crime and constant violence against the media. Journalists are free to work and progressive legislation regulates the freedom to inform. Cases of attacks, threats or other forms of intimidation of journalists are rare, as is state interference in the media’s work, even if access to state-held information is sometimes complicated. Ownership of Costa Rica’s media is nonetheless concentrated in very few hands, limiting media pluralism to a significant degree.

in the 2020 World Press Freedom Index



10 in 2019

Global score


12.24 in 2019

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2020
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2020
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2020
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