Freedom of the Press

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

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)


Six major privately owned daily newspapers, 20 private television stations, and over 90 private radio stations provide a diverse forum for a public that is 90 percent literate. The penal code provides up to three years in prison for libel and defamation, and cases are sometimes filed against journalists. One broadcast journalist was murdered this year and his assailant not arrested. The court, which ordered a television station to include all presidential candidates on its pre-election program, was criticized by the Inter American Press Association for interfering with the broadcaster's editorial and journalistic independence.