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Freedom of the Press

St. Vincent and Grenadines

St. Vincent and Grenadines

Freedom of the Press 2006

2006 Scores

Press Status

Free

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

16

Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)

6

Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)

7

The constitution guarantees a free press, and publications openly criticize government policies. The main newspaper, the daily Herald, and the weeklies, Searchlight and The Vincentian, are all privately owned. The state-run St. Vincent and the Grenadines Broadcasting Corporation operates SVG Television and the Hitz FM music radio station. NBC is a partly government-funded national FM radio service, and there are numerous other private radio stations. Concerns have been expressed about a possible conflict between the government and Elwardo Lynch, host of a talk show sponsored by the opposition New Democratic Party. In May, a court found Lynch guilty on two counts of making false statements likely to cause alarm. A survey confirmed it is the most widely listened-to radio program in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. There are no government restrictions on the internet, but it is not a significant source of information since little more than 6 percent of the population was able to gain access in 2005.