Grenada | Freedom House

Freedom of the Press

Grenada

Grenada

Freedom of the Press 2008

2008 Scores

Press Status

Free

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

24

Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)

11

Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)

5

Although freedom of the press is guaranteed by law, the government continued to use the threat of libel suits to apply pressure on the media and stifle criticism in 2007. In January, Prime Minister Keith Mitchell threatened to take legal action against sections of the local media that he claimed had libeled him. At the end of February, a suit was filed against the operators of radio station 90.1FM. The lawsuit was believed to be linked to comments made in various broadcasts calling for the reopening of an inquiry into corruption allegations against Mitchell for his role in the so-called briefcase scandal. At the end of August, the president of the Media Workers Association of Grenada (MWAG), Michael Bascombe, denounced “undue pressures” placed on journalists and media companies by government officials to not report on a controversy related to the failed First International Bank of Grenada and alleged bribes paid to Mitchell and other Grenadian officials. On a positive note, MWAG representatives and government officials met in September and agreed to scrap a clause in the forthcoming Broadcasting Authority Law that would allow the imprisonment of media workers for violating the law. There was also agreement on a method for appointing members to the proposed industry regulatory agency, the Broadcasting Commission; amendments to protect the media from political interference; and discussion of an Access to Information Law. Grenada has 5 television stations, 11 radio stations, 4 newspapers, and 5 other periodicals. In the past, the MWAG has complained that the governmental process of granting radio licenses is guided by political considerations. The government does not place restrictions on the internet, which was accessed by just under 19 percent of the population in 2007.