Continuing ordeal for independent media
A self-styled socialist republic and one-party state, Cuba has continued year after year to be Latin America’s worst media freedom violator. Fidel Castro’s death in 2016 has changed nothing. The regime, which had ruled since 1959, maintains an almost total media monopoly and the constitution prohibits privately-owned media. The few Cuban bloggers and independent journalists are threatened by the government and watched by security agents, who often take them in for questioning and delete information in their devices. The authorities also control the coverage of foreign reporters by granting accreditation selectively and expelling those regarded as too “negative” about the government. The gradual improvement in Internet access and Miguel Díaz-Canel’s election as president in April 2018, after 59 years of repression under the Castro family, nonetheless constitute grounds for hope about the future of press freedom in Cuba.
172 in 2018
68.90 in 2018