Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Thursday named Jamaica as the Caribbean country that most respects freedom of information.
In its 2019 World Press Freedom Index, the RSF placed Jamaica at number eight out of 180 countries examined.
It conducted investigations in 13 Caribbean countries.
Barbados was not among regional nations listed.
Reporters Without Borders also said no serious act of violence or threat to media freedom has been reported in Jamaica since February 2009.
It said while the law decriminalising defamation passed by the House of Representatives in 2013 was a step in the right direction, in May last year it shared its concerns with Parliament regarding a drafted Data Protection Act that, if passed, could have a chilling effect on journalists.
Norway is ranked first in this year's Index for the third year running while Finland has taken second place from the Netherlands.