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Six Caribbean countries included in World Press Freedom Index

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Six Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries have been included in the 2014 World Press Freedom Index that spotlights the negative impact of conflicts on freedom of information and its protagonists.

World Press Freedom (WPF) said the ranking of some countries had been affected by a tendency to interpret national security needs in an overly broad and abusive manner to the detriment of the right to inform and be informed.

“This trend constitutes a growing threat worldwide and is even endangering freedom of information in countries regarded as democracies. Finland tops the index for the fourth year running, closely followed by Netherlands and Norway, like last year. At the other end of the index, the last three positions are again held by Turkmenistan, North Korea and Eritrea, three countries where freedom of information is non-existent.”

But WPF said that despite occasional turbulence in the past year, these countries continue to be news and information black holes and living hells for the journalists who inhabit them.

It said this year’s index covers 180 countries, one more than last year. The new entry, Belize, has been assigned an enviable position (29th).

“Cases of violence against journalists are rare in Belize but there were some problems: defamation suits involving demands for large amounts in damages, national security restrictions on implementation of the Freedom of Information Act and sometimes unfair management of broadcast frequencies,” WFP said in the report.

The other Caribbean countries ranked by WFP are Jamaica at number 17, Antigua and Barbuda (36), Trinidad and Tobago (43), Haiti (47) and Guyana (67).

 

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Six Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries have been included in the 2014 World Press Freedom Index that spotlights the negative impact of conflicts on freedom of information and its protagonists.

World Press Freedom (WPF) said the ranking of some countries had been affected by a tendency to interpret national security needs in an overly broad and abusive manner to the detriment of the right to inform and be informed.

“This trend constitutes a growing threat worldwide and is even endangering freedom of information in countries regarded as democracies. Finland tops the index for the fourth year running, closely followed by Netherlands and Norway, like last year. At the other end of the index, the last three positions are again held by Turkmenistan, North Korea and Eritrea, three countries where freedom of information is non-existent.”

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But WPF said that despite occasional turbulence in the past year, these countries continue to be news and information black holes and living hells for the journalists who inhabit them.

It said this year’s index covers 180 countries, one more than last year. The new entry, Belize, has been assigned an enviable position (29th).

“Cases of violence against journalists are rare in Belize but there were some problems: defamation suits involving demands for large amounts in damages, national security restrictions on implementation of the Freedom of Information Act and sometimes unfair management of broadcast frequencies,” WFP said in the report.

The other Caribbean countries ranked by WFP are Jamaica at number 17, Antigua and Barbuda (36), Trinidad and Tobago (43), Haiti (47) and Guyana (67).