Insufficient resources

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.

in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index



20 in 2017

Global score


16.07 in 2017


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