St. Lucia | Freedom House

Freedom of the Press

St. Lucia

St. Lucia

Freedom of the Press 2004

2004 Scores

Press Status

Free

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

11

Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)

3

Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)

4

The country has traditionally enjoyed a high degree of press freedom; media are often critical of the government. However, a lengthy criminal code passed in November surprised and angered the island's media; the code contains a provision for punishment up to two years in jail for publishing false statements or news that could endanger the public interest. By year's end, no journalist had yet been convicted. The government partially funds a radio station and operates one television station. There are several independent newspapers, most of which publish on a weekly basis, two privately owned radio stations, and two television companies.