Surinam

Surinam

Insufficient resources

With few attacks on journalists and a varied media landscape, Suriname gets fairly good marks these days for its respect for the freedom to inform. But training and resources are lacking and “public expression of hatred” towards the government is punishable by up to seven years in prison under a draconian defamation law. The very controversial Desi Bouterse, who became president again in 2010 and was reelected in 2015, has managed to be amnestied for the 1982 murders of 15 political opponents including five journalists.

20
in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index

Ranking

+1

21 in 2018

Global score

-0.06

16.44 in 2018

Contacts

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2019
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