OECS

OECS

Political influence over journalism on the rise

Journalists in the Organization of East Caribbean States receive poor training and often abandon working in media because it is badly paid, an issue that is even more relevant to female journalists in the region. Several media outlets are under the direct influence of politicians, especially during election cycles, as officials withdraw state advertising at any time, depriving them of income they depend on. Political parties in some islands own major shares of media companies, compromising journalistic independence. Authorities are also monitoring social networks, which encourages self-censorship.


45
in the 2021 World Press Freedom Index

Ranking

-1

44 in 2020

Global score

+0.20

23.78 in 2020

Contacts

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