Despite recent changes in Haiti’s media freedom laws, journalists suffer from a cruel lack of financial resources, an absence of institutional support, and difficulty in accessing information. And some continue to be the victims of intimidation or physical violence. A devastating earthquake in 2010 and, more recently, Hurricane Matthew in 2016 inflicted a great deal of damage on Haiti’s already extremely limited infrastructure. The privately-owned media, which are heavily influenced by the interests of their owners, tend to censor themselves. Journalists would be exposed to heavy sanctions under a proposed defamation law that was approved by the senate in 2017.
53 in 2017
26.36 in 2017