Fragility of independence

Journalism is not a prestige profession in the countries that are members of the Organization of East Caribbean States. They get little training and often abandon media work because it is so badly paid, an issue that is even more relevant to female journalists in the region. 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. 

in the 2020 World Press Freedom Index



50 in 2019

Global score


26.04 in 2019


  • 0
    journalists killed in 2021
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2021
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2021
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