Jamaica suffers sharp decline in 2023 World Press Freedom Index

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has released the latest World Press Freedom Index, which reveals that Jamaica has fallen 20 places.

Jamaica has been ranked 32nd out of 180 countries in the 2023 Index, which was published on Wednesday, coinciding with the celebration of World Press Freedom Day. The report was released by Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

Jamaica has experienced a significant drop in its ranking on the 2022 Index, falling from 12th place to an undisclosed position.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has commended Jamaica for its high level of press freedom, despite a recent significant drop in this regard.

“In the past one to two decades, freedom of the press has continued to improve in Jamaica, and the right to information is widely respected. The country thus continues to rank among the safest in the world for journalists,” says RSF.

“The Jamaican free press often openly criticises officials, and journalists have occasionally reported intimidation while doing their work, particularly ahead of an election,” added RSF.

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