Good outlook for media freedom
This Melanesian archipelago enjoys press freedom, which is guaranteed by article 12 of the constitution. But the defamation law continues to intimidate journalists and encourage a degree of self-censorship in the media, and Indonesian diplomatic pressure for an end to any form of support for West Papuan separatism could pose a threat to the public debate. Otherwise, the media fulfil their democratic role thanks to the infrequency of cases of harassment, the existence of a media ombudsman and proposed legislation designed to reinforce government transparency and combat corruption. Because of the low literacy rate, the public broadcaster SIBC plays a vital role in keeping the population informed by radio. Rick Houenipwela, who took over as prime minister in 2017, has repeatedly expressed his commitment to press freedom.
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