Insufficient resources

With few attacks on journalists and a varied media landscape, Suriname gets fairly high marks these days for its respect for freedom of information. 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 Dési Bouterse, who became president again in 2010, this time via the polls, and was re-elected in 2015, has managed to be amnestied for the 1982 murders of 15 political opponents including five journalists.

in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index



22 in 2016

Global score


16.70 in 2016


  • 0
    journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2018
Go to the barometre