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June 25, 2014

Trinidad and Tobago discusses Cybercrime Bill this week

Last February, Trinidad and Tobago was praised by many human rights groups, including the International Press Institute (IPI), for approving legislation to partially decriminalised defamation. However, today press freedom advocates in the country are concerned about a cybercrime bill, currently being discussed in Parliament this week, which in its current language imposes disturbing restrictions on the work of the media. "We are extremely concerned that the wide net cast by this bill, the lack... MORE
May 27, 2014

Journalist flees Trinidad and Tobago after threats

The International Press Institute (IPI) Monday condemned recent threats against Trinidad and Tobago journalist Mark Bassant that led the reporter to leave the country last week in fear for his life. On May 22, Bassant, a senior investigative reporter for the Caribbean Communications Network , Channel 6 (CCN TV6), released a video on the network stating that he had received a call from what he called “a very reliable underworld source” on May 7 advising him that criminal entities wanted to harm... MORE
February 23, 2014

Trinidad and Tobago partially decriminalises defamation

A bill to partially decriminalise defamation in Trinidad and Tobago received final parliamentary approval this week, the latest sign of growing momentum around the International Press Institute's (IPI) Campaign to Repeal Criminal Defamation in the Caribbean. The Trinidad and Tobago Senate approved the bill on Tuesday, less than a month after passage in the House of Representatives. President Anthony Carmona is expected to sign it into law. Trinidad’s Libel and Defamation Act will be amended to... MORE
November 27, 2010

Trinidad: Talk show host removed after argument with foreign affairs minister

A talk show host on Trinidad and Tobago’s public broadcaster, Caribbean New Media Group (CNMG), was taken off his programme earlier this month after a challenging interview with Foreign Affairs Minister Suruj Rambachan over Prime Minister Kamla Persad–Bissessar’s handling of aid to Caribbean countries affected by Hurricane Tomas in late October. On November 7, two days after the morning television talk show, host Fazeer Mohammed was informed, via a telephone call to his home by CNMG management... MORE
November 23, 2010

Trinidad: Government admits that secret intelligence agency has been spying on journalists

Trinidadian Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has revealed to parliament that a government offshoot called the Security Intelligence Agency (SIA) has been operating for the past 15 years without the general public’s knowledge and has been illegally tapping telephones and intercepting emails, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). Its targets have included politicians, judges, trade unionists, entertainment personalities and journalists. “At no time... MORE