T&T moves up to 31st in 2021 World Press Freedom Index


    Trinidad and Tobago has ranked 31st out of 180 countries in the 2021 World Press Freedom Index by Reporters Without Borders.

    On its website, the organization states that T&T has moved up five places from 36th in 2020.

    It says efforts to ensure that journalists’ rights are respected by the authorities were bolstered in early 2021 by a Supreme Court ruling.

    That decision, it notes, struck down the use of police search warrants to gain access to the home and office of a newspaper journalist.

    However, Reporters Without Borders believes T&T’s path to press freedom progress is unclear.

    Meanwhile, the highest ranking regional country is Jamaica at 7th which has been described as almost flawless despite falling one rank.

    Norway remains at number 1 in the index after first climbing to that position in the 2017 rankings.