Freedom of the Press

Bahamas

Bahamas

Freedom of the Press 2002

2002 Scores

Press Status

Free

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

8

Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)

2

Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)

3

The present government, unlike its predecessors, has not made use of the strict libel laws to restrict the news media. There are three daily and several weekly privately owned newspapers. They provide diverse views on public issues, as do the state-run radio station and five privately owned radio stations. The state-run television station has been accused by critics of favoring the ruling party.