Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands

Good prospects for press freedom

This Melanesian archipelago enjoys press freedom, which is guaranteed by article 12 of the constitution. However, the defamation law continues to intimidate journalists and encourage a degree of self-censorship in the media, while 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. And it doesn’t hesitate to criticize the policies of either the government – led by Manasseh Sogavare again since April 2019 – or the opposition.


in the 2020 World Press Freedom Index

Ranking

0

in 2019

Global score

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0 in 2019