Expression

Freedom of expression is guaranteed by Article 10 of the Constitution, except on grounds of defence, public safety, public order, public morality, public health and protection of the privacy and reputations of others. The media is reported to be generally free, although journalists covering the 2015 protests reported experiencing security force intimidation. Libel and slander remain criminal offences in Dominica, punishable by a prison term of up to three years, while the Seditious and Undesirable Publications Act of 1968 imposes a sentence of up to six months in jail for breaches of the law. It is reported that several defamation cases have been brought or threatened against the media, and particularly against journalists associated with the opposition. The fear of these can encourage self-censorship. There is no access to information law, and there is an absence of media self-regulatory mechanisms.