Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands

Good outlook for media freedom

This Melanesian archipelago enjoys free speech and media freedom, which are 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. In May 2017, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare called for responsible reporting by journalists and said the “interest of the public at large” may sometimes override “the right to know.”

in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index

Ranking

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in 2017

Global score

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0 in 2017