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Freedom of the Press

St. Kitts and Nevis

St. Kitts and Nevis

Freedom of the Press 2008

2008 Scores

Press Status

Free

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

19

Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)

8

Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)

7

Freedom of the press is enshrined in the constitution and is generally respected by the government. The independent media were active in 2007 and expressed a wide variety of views without restriction. A draft freedom of information bill that was submitted to parliament in 2006 continued to be debated throughout the year. In November, the high court ruled against the Democrat, the newspaper of the opposition People’s Action Movement, in a libel suit brought against it by parliament member Asim Martin, his campaign manager, and the editor of the Labour Spokesman, the newspaper of the ruling St. Kitts–Nevis Labour Party. A total of US$168,000 was awarded in damages. In addition to the weekly newspapers published by the two main parties, there are three nonaligned weekly newspapers. ZIZ Broadcasting Corporation, a company in which the government is a majority shareholder, operates both radio and television services. Additionally, there are seven private radio stations and a multichannel cable television service. There are no government restrictions on the internet, which approximately 25 percent of the population was able to access in 2007.