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.
169 in 2015
70.21 in 2015