Freedom of the Press

Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago

Freedom of the Press 2002

2002 Scores

Press Status

Free

Press Freedom Score
(0 = best, 100 = worst)

30

Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)

17

Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)

9

Throughout the year, a rising crime rate and a highly divisive parliamentary election campaign, concluded in December, tested the freedom of the press. The privately owned press is lively and diverse, and freely criticizes the government and its policies. Broadcast media are both private and state owned. However, journalists were physically attacked during the political turmoil, and one radio station was reportedly the target of a violent attack, according to the International Press Institute.