Freedom of the Press

Cyprus

Cyprus

Freedom of the Press 2002

2002 Scores

Press Status

Free

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

18

Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)

8

Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)

8

Freedom of the press is respected in law and practice in the Greek area. Independent and party papers are published in both Greek and Turkish parts of the island. Turkish Cypriot authorities harassed the press increasingly, raiding and shutting down the opposition paper Avrupa. Private television and radio compete with government-owned broadcasting in the south, while Turkish Cypriot authorities monopolize broadcasting in the north. Each side can receive the other side's programs. The (Greek) Cyprus government publishes an Internet home page which features information regarding efforts to resolve the island's protracted dispute. [The numerical rating for Cyprus is based on the situation in the Greek side of the island.]