Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands

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.


in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index

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in 2018

Global score

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0 in 2018