Latin America & Caribbean

Barbados profile

St Michaels, Barbados
Image caption The media operate in a relatively free environment

The media are free of censorship and state control and often criticise the government.

All newspapers are privately-owned, and there is a mix of private and public radio stations.

Although the sole TV station is run by the government-owned Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation, it presents a wide range of political views. The CBC also operates MCTV, a multi-channel and pay-TV service.

There were nearly 192,000 internet users by December 2011 (Internetworldstats). Access is unrestricted.

The press