Freedom of the Press

Chad

Chad

Freedom of the Press 2002

2002 Scores

Press Status

Not Free

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

74

Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)

22

Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)

26

Criminal libel is punishable by prison sentences and fines. Private newspapers that criticize the government circulate freely in the capital, but have little impact among the rural poor and largely illiterate population. State control of broadcasting allows little exposure for dissenting views. The only television station is government-owned and licensing fees for commercial radio are prohibitively high. During the presidential election period, radio stations were prohibited from broadcasting political debates or programs of a political nature.