Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago

Path to press freedom progress unclear

Efforts to ensure that journalists’ rights are respected by the authorities in Trinidad and Tobago were bolstered in early 2021 by a Supreme Court ruling that struck down the use of police search warrants to gain access to the home and office of a journalist working for the Trinidad Express Newspaper. The Caribbean Broadcasting Union welcomed the decision, which determined that the warrants that had been used to seize “tools of the journalist’s trade” were unlawful and unconstitutional. “The ruling supporting a journalist’s right to protect his/her sources is heartening,” said CBU President Gary Allen, who lauded it as a “victory for independent journalism across the Caribbean and Commonwealth.” The move by the Supreme Court went further than press freedom advocates had initially hoped by advocating in favour of legislative reform on search warrants.

31
in the 2021 World Press Freedom Index

Ranking

+5

36 in 2020

Global score

-1.67

23.22 in 2020

Contacts

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