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Reporters Without Borders Annual Report 2002 - Jamaica

Publisher Reporters Without Borders
Publication Date 3 May 2002
Cite as Reporters Without Borders, Reporters Without Borders Annual Report 2002 - Jamaica, 3 May 2002, available at: [accessed 21 October 2017]
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Although the army has been given police powers and security forces have stepped up summary executions to eradicate crime, freedom of the press seems safe.

Hilaire Sobers, a journalist on the Jamaica Observer, received a threatening letter on 7 September 2001, after several times criticising in his weekly column the inaction of the authorities in relation to extra-judicial killings by the security forces. Sobers, who is also a lawyer and human rights campaigner, thinks the threats came from a supporter of the ruling People's National Party (PNP).

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