Freedom of the Press

Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda

Freedom of the Press 2002

2002 Scores

Press Status

Partly Free

Press Freedom Score
(0 = best, 100 = worst)

44

Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)

16

Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)

16

The main television, radio, and cable services are controlled by the ruling Antigua Labour Party and the Bird family, which has ruled for four decades. The opposition has great difficulty in gaining access to the broadcast media, but the print media offers a wider range of opinion. The country's first independent radio station, Observer Radio, began broadcasting in April, after a five year struggle to secure a license to operate.