Barbados | Freedom House

Freedom of the Press

Barbados

Barbados

Freedom of the Press 2004

2004 Scores

Press Status

Free

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

17

Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)

6

Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)

7

The press is free, diverse, and critical of government policies. Journalists operate in a relatively open environment; public opinion expressed in the media exerts significant influence on policy. There are four private and two state radio stations. Two independently owned daily newspapers present a variety of political opinions. Although the country's single television station is run by the government-owned Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation, it regularly reports views opposing state policies. Some reports, however, indicate that the government uses its influence to limit coverage of certain sensitive issues. Nongovernmental media ownership is somewhat concentrated, but no other significant economic influences restrict press freedom.