Freedom of the Press

Central African Republic

Central African Republic

Freedom of the Press 2002

2002 Scores

Press Status

Not Free

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

69

Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)

23

Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)

22

Two periods of violence further tightened controls over the flow of news and information. Before the abortive military coups, the country had been moving slowly toward less restrictive policies. The several independent newspapers continued to be subject to severe libel laws. Broadcast media were dominated by the state and provided little coverage for critics of the regime. The licensed private radio stations are foreign-owned and broadcast music or religious programs.