Jamaica Moves Up on Press Freedom Rankings

Jamaica has moved up two places on the World Press Freedom index.

The Index published on Sunday by Reporters Without Borders ranks Jamaica at eight this year up from tenth out of one-hundred and 80 countries.

Reporters Without Borders says Jamaica ranks among the countries that most respects the freedom of information.

It says the very occasional physical attacks on journalists must be offset against this, but no serious act of violence or threat to media freedom has been reported since February 2009.

The report says the law decriminalizing defamation passed by the house of representatives in 2013 was also a step in the right direction.

President of Press Association of Jamaica, Dionne Jackson Miller says the good showing by Jamaica indicates the country’s continued commitment to the importance of press freedom and democratic governance.

However, she says Jamaicans must be vigilant as the erosion of press freedom can be insidious and subtle.

She says the PAJ continues to push for amendments and improvements to the Access to Information Act and continues to monitor the implementation of the new Cyber-Crime Act.

Ms. Jackson Miller also says that the PAJ cannot take an insular approach to the question of press freedom, and expresses solidarity with colleagues around the world.

She says the PAJ supports the call by Reporters Without Borders for a Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for the Safety of Journalists.

She’s asking for the government to support this appointment within the corridors of the UN.

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