Freedom of the Press



Freedom of the Press 2002

2002 Scores

Press Status

Partly Free

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


Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)


Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)


The absence of a formal guarantee of press freedom enables the government to readily arrest an occasional journalist who does not adequately self-censor his material, as do most independent journalists. The weekly Al-Watwan is a semi-official organ. Because of limited resources, several private newspapers are published only sporadically in the capital. Private television and radio stations operate without overt government interference, but self-censorship is prevalent. Some have access to satellite and other international broadcasts, including those from Mayotte. In November, one director of a radio station was arrested and another released after 14 months in prison.