Last Updated: Thursday, 24 April 2014, 11:39 GMT

Freedom of the Press - Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (2006)

Publisher Freedom House
Publication Date 27 April 2006
Cite as Freedom House, Freedom of the Press - Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (2006), 27 April 2006, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/473451e457.html [accessed 25 April 2014]
DisclaimerThis is not a UNHCR publication. UNHCR is not responsible for, nor does it necessarily endorse, its content. Any views expressed are solely those of the author or publisher and do not necessarily reflect those of UNHCR, the United Nations or its Member States.

Status: Free
Legal Environment: 3
Political Influences: 6
Economic Pressures: 7
Total Score: 16

Population: n/a
GNI/capita: n/a
Life Expectancy: 72
Religious Groups: Anglican (47 percent), Methodist (28 percent), Roman Catholic (13 percent), other [including Hindu, Seventh-Day Adventist, other Protestant] (12 percent)
Ethnic Groups: Black (66 percent), other [including mulatto, East Indian, and Carib Amerindian ] (34 percent)
Capital: Kingstown

The constitution guarantees a free press, and publications openly criticize government policies. The main newspaper, the daily Herald, and the weeklies, Searchlight and The Vincentian, are all privately owned. The state-run St. Vincent and the Grenadines Broadcasting Corporation operates SVG Television and the Hitz FM music radio station. NBC is a partly government-funded national FM radio service, and there are numerous other private radio stations. Concerns have been expressed about a possible conflict between the government and Elwardo Lynch, host of a talk show sponsored by the opposition New Democratic Party. In May, a court found Lynch guilty on two counts of making false statements likely to cause alarm. A survey confirmed it is the most widely listened-to radio program in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. There are no government restrictions on the internet, but it is not a significant source of information since little more than 6 percent of the population was able to gain access in 2005.

Copyright notice: © Freedom House, Inc. · All Rights Reserved

Search Refworld