Expression

People in Belize are free to express ideas, criticise the government and benefit from a generally free media. Belize has ranked highly (29th and 30th) on the World Press Freedom Index in 2014 and 2015. Defamation law is sometimes used against journalists. In 2015, a sitting government minister instituted civil defamation proceedings against Great Belize Television following reports that he had benefitted from issuing visas to foreign nationals. The minister withdrew the case shortly after it was heard in court. Although access to the Internet and social media is unrestricted in Belize, according to the International Telecommunications Union, in 2014, less than 4 in 10 people were online and according to Reporters Without Borders, internet access is slower and more expensive than anywhere else in the Caribbean.