Report to the IAPA 77th General Assembly Virtual
October 19 – 22, 2021


Antigua & Barbuda

Journalists complain about the delays in getting responses under the Freedom of Information Act. Some public officials are still not aware of the requirements and while others engage in delaying tactics.

Trinidad and Tobago

The Trinidad Express won its suit against the police to challenge the Editor's offices' invasion. While costs are to be determined, the police intend to file an appeal against the judgement.

The court recognised the High Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MATT) as an interested party challenge to the constitutionality of the raid.

In his judgment, Justice Frank Seepersad stated that the court is resolute that MATT demonstrated that it has a sufficient interest in the proceedings and that the outcome of the substantive proceedings will have a material and fundamental impact upon the association its members.

Frustrating delays persist in response to requests under the Freedom of Information Act. Information is not readily available. Investigative reporting relies on the availability of critical data.

The media is still lobbying to remove the criminal defamation act, leading to imprisonment and fines.