OECS

OECS

Media under tight surveillance

Journalism is not a prestige profession in the countries that are members of the Organization of East Caribbean States. Journalists get little training and often abandon media work because it is so badly paid. Many media outlets are under the direct influence of politicians, especially during elections, because officials can withdraw state advertising at any time, depriving them of income they depend on. In some of the Islands, political parties even own or have major shares in media companies, compromising journalistic independence. The authorities are also monitoring social networks more and more closely, which encourages a degree of self-censorship. There has even been talk of addressing so-called “Fake News” in legislation, though no bill has yet to be drafted. The Cybercrime Bill Saint Vincent and the Grenadines adopted in 2016, a vaguely worded law expected to chill freedom of the press and expression online, is likely to be exported to other countries in the OECS. Like many of its neighbors, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines still criminalizes defamation, and this legislation has extended this offense to include online content.

35
in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index

Ranking

+3

38 in 2017

Global score

+0.01

22.10 in 2017

Contacts

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2018
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