Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago

Journalistic rights in question

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 – 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. Police attempted to restrict journalists from reporting on a flood on public roads in 2018, highlighting concerns that authorities and public servants in Trinidad and Tobago do not respect the rights of journalists.

39
in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index

Ranking

0

39 in 2018

Global score

+1.95

22.79 in 2018

Contacts

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