Problematic subjects

Journalists in Panama are often the targets of judicial proceedings when they criticize government policy or cover corruption-related stories, especially ones with international ramifications such as the Panama Papers scandal. Defamation cases against journalists are common and usually results in fines. The government continues to keep access to information under close control. Selective allocation of state advertising is one of the methods used to pressure the media.

in the 2020 World Press Freedom Index



79 in 2019

Global score


29.78 in 2019

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