Expression

By most measures, free expression is protected and enabled in Antigua and Barbuda, and some good recent progress was made to improve the situation. In 2015, criminal defamation was abolished in Antigua and Barbuda following years of campaigning by regional and international civil society groups. It was replaced by a more progressive civil defamation law, although laws criminalising criticism of the government (Sedition) remain in place, and carry custodial sentences for those found guilty. Antigua and Barbuda also has an access to information law, although media advocates in the country have recently called for enabling regulations and greater citizen awareness to breathe life into it. There was at least one instance in recent years in which journalists working for private news websites were intimidated.