Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Media houses facing direct political pressure

Grenada and the other six members of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States fell eight places to 34th because of often direct pressure from the political authorities on news media and the failure to move ahead with the decriminalisation of defamation. Similar pressure was reported in Guyana, whose ranking continues to suffer from the state’s monopoly of radio broadcasting.

According to the 2012 Global Press Freedom index of the Paris-based Reporters Without Borders, Grenada is ranked 13th in the Americas. The complete list of rankings is: St. Lucia is No. 1; St. Vincent and the Grenadines, No. 2; Jamaica, No. 3; United States, No. 4; Barbados, No. 5; Canada, No. 6;
Costa Rica, No. 7; The Bahamas, No. 8; St. Kitts and Nevis, No. 9; Belize, No. 10; Dominica, No.
11; Suriname, No. 12; Grenada, No. 13; Trinidad and Tobago, 14; Guyana, No. 17; and Antigua and Barbuda, No. 18.

The world rankings are: The Bahamas is at 29; St. Lucia is ranked 12; St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 21; Jamaica 23; the United States, 24; Barbados, 25; Canada, 26; Belize, 33; United Kingdom, 36; Japan, 38; Dominica, 40; Grenada, 44; Spain, 46; Trinidad and Tobago, 50; Israel, 66; Guyana, 70; South Africa, 74; India, 80; Antigua and Barbuda, 82 and Brazil, 91. (LS)

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