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Freedom of the Press

Suriname

Suriname

Freedom of the Press 2004

2004 Scores

Press Status

Free

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

18

Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)

10

Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)

6

The constitution provides for freedom of speech and of the press, and President Ronald Venetiann's government generally respects these rights. However, some journalists continue to practice self-censorship due to a history of intimidation and threats under former dictator Desi Bouterse, who maintains his influence in politics. The media can face government warnings or harassing lawsuits from public officials when reporting on sensitive or critical stories; the U.S. State Department reported two such cases for 2003. The media are primarily privately owned, with approximately 11 private television stations and 25 private radio stations; state-owned broadcast media provide pluralistic views.