Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

Self-censorship is the solution

The concentration of media ownership and a high-level of impunity undermine freedom of information and encourage self-censorship. Journalists who dare to tackle sensitive subjects such as corruption and drug trafficking are exposed to the possibility of threats and violent reprisals, or even murder by government officials or criminal cartel members. However, the repeal in 2016 of legislation under which journalists could be imprisoned for defamation was a major step forward for the media and democracy.

in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index



59 in 2017

Global score


26.76 in 2017

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2019
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