Freedom of the Press



Freedom of the Press 2002

2002 Scores

Press Status

Not Free

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


Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)


Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)


Despite wide public debate of proposed political reforms, freedom of the press remained sharply limited. Private newspapers do not criticize the royal family. Radio and television are state-owned and carry only official views. However, the media report relatively freely on economic, commercial, and international issues. Journalists were concerned over the government's decision to retain information ministry officials regarded as hostile to reform. The information minister is head of the Bahraini Journalists' Society and the managing director of a major daily newspaper. He has also been accused of banning television programs and pressuring editors not to publish controversial articles.