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JAMAICA


-  Surface area: 10,900 sq. km.
-  Population: 2,576,000
-  Language: English
-  Type of State: unitary

JAMAICA - Annual report 2002

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).



americas countries list
1. Americas introduction
ARGENTINA
BOLIVIA
BRAZIL
Canada
CHILE
COLOMBIA
COSTA RICA
CUBA
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
ECUADOR
EL SALVADOR
GUATEMALA
HAITI
HONDURAS
MEXICO
NICARAGUA
PANAMA
PARAGUAY
PERU
UNITED STATES
URUGUAY
VENEZUELA

see also
Introduction
Annual report 2002

Hard times for press freedom
Africa annual report 2002
Asia annual report 2002
Europe annual report 2002
Maghreb / Middle-East annual report 2002