Jamaica improves press freedom

Jamaica improves press freedom

Jamaica has risen eight places on the World Press Freedom Index.

In the 2024 press freedom rankings, Jamaica ranks 24th out of 180 countries, up from 32 last year.

Rankings closer to 1 indicate a free press, while rankings closer to 180 mean press restrictions.

The index was released today by Reporters Without Borders RSF and also shows Trinidad and Tobago in 25th place.

RSF says press freedom in Jamaica has continued to improve over the past two decades.

However, it is said that there is a growing rift of distrust between government officials and the media, which has contributed to a decline in institutional respect for press freedom.

Norway, Denmark and Sweden rank in the top three for press freedom.

Meanwhile, the government has welcomed Jamaica’s improved ranking.

Robert Morgan, Minister with Responsibility for Information, attributed this success to what he called the government’s proactive policies on access to information.