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Thursday, 26 April 2018 11:55

T&T Drops In World Press Freedom Index

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Trinidad and Tobago has fallen in the World Press Freedom Index.

T&T was ranked at 34 in 2017 but now ranks at 39 in 2018 - a five point drop.

Reporters Without Borders noted on their website that even though Trinidad and Tobago's Libel and Defamation Act was partly amended in 2014, "malicious defamatory libel known to be false" is still punishable by up to two years in prison as well as a fine.

They say that with most media outlets being privately-owned, those regarded as favourable to the Government get the lion's share of State advertising.

They warn that several pieces of legislation - the Cybercrime Bill, the Whistleblower Protection Act, the Data Protection Act, and the Broadcast Code - could have a chilling effect on press freedom and free expression online, if adopted.

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