Thursday 29.6.2017 in Latest Developments in Belize Country Page
PUP Condemns Disruption of Senate Inquiry https://t.co/xsusrfmq6T— Breaking Belize News (@belizemedia) May 19, 2017
Belize dropped five places in the Reporters without Borders (RSF) 2017 World Press Freedom Index, which stated that “coverage of political developments (…) is polemical because the media have become polarized” in the country. This can lead to court cases where the media outlets are burdened with lengthy and expensive legal hearings. Another issue in Belize is that internet access is expensive and among the slowest in the region, making it problematic for citizens to consistently access news and information online.
RSF also found that occasional attacks against media professionals remain a concern. One such incident occurred in May 2017 during a Senate Select Committee meeting in the National Assembly on allegations of corruption in the Immigration Department. Members of the United Democratic Party reportedly verbally and physically attacked journalists who were reporting on the details of the meeting. The journalists consider the assault an act of "political intimidation".