Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

Self-censorship as a solution

The concentration of media ownership in very few hands and a high level of impunity undermine the freedom to inform 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 crime cartels. Elected politicians often abuse their position to stigmatize critical journalists. The repeal in 2016 of legislation under which journalists could be imprisoned for defamation was a major step forward for the media and democracy.

55
in the 2020 World Press Freedom Index

Ranking

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55 in 2019

Global score

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27.90 in 2019

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