Freedom of the Press

Cape Verde

Cape Verde

Freedom of the Press 2002

2002 Scores

Press Status


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


Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)


Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)


Constitutional restrictions and criminal libel laws against insults and defamation have not been used to restrict the news media. No authorization is needed to publish newspapers and other publications. There are three independent papers, one state-owned newspaper, a state-owned television station, two foreign-owned TV stations, six independent radio stations and one state-owned radio station. Journalists are generally free to criticize the government but practice self-censorship. The new government suspended the country's only daily newspaper in March, and made personnel changes at the country's state television broadcaster in October. Except for technical limitations, Internet access is unrestricted.