Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago’s controversial Libel and Defamation Act was partly amended in 2014 but “malicious defamatory libel known to be false” is still punishable by up to two years in prison as well as a fine. Most media outlets are privately-owned but those regarded as favorable to the government get the lion’s share of state advertising. Several pieces of legislation set to be adopted in 2017 – the Cybercrime Bill, the Whistleblower Protection Act, the Data Protection Act, and the Broadcast Code – could have a chilling effect on press freedom and free expression online if adopted.

34
in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index

Ranking

+10

44 in 2016

Global score

-2.67

23.29 in 2016

Contacts

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2017
  • 0
    netizens killed in 2017
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2017
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