A self-styled socialist republic with a single party, Cuba is Latin America’s worst media freedom violator. The Castro family, which has ruled since 1959, maintains a media monopoly and tolerates no independent reporting. Arbitrary arrest and imprisonment, threats, smear campaigns, confiscation of equipment and closure of websites are the most common forms of harassment, which is ubiquitous and is buttressed by an arsenal of restrictive laws. The few independent bloggers and journalists have to cope with drastic restrictions on Internet access. An improvement in relations with the United States that began in 2015 could gradually change the situation.

in the 2016 World Press Freedom Index



169 in 2015

Global score


70.21 in 2015

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    journalists killed in 2017
  • 0
    netizens killed in 2017
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2017
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