With few attacks on journalists and a varied media landscape, Surinam gets fairly good marks these days for its respect of information freedom. But training and resources are lacking and “public expression of hatred” toward 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—this time via the polls—and was reelected in 2015, has managed to be amnestied for the 1982 murders of 15 political opponents, including five journalists.
22 in 2016
16.70 in 2016