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.

in the 2021 World Press Freedom Index



20 in 2020

Global score


17.50 in 2020


  • 0
    journalists killed in 2021
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2021
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2021
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