Freedom of the Press

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

Freedom of the Press 2002

2002 Scores

Press Status

Free

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

30

Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)

12

Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)

13

Throughout the year, street clashes over the economic downturn and drug trafficking generated increased pressure on the mainly private news media to self-censor. They did so to protect themselves and the tourism industry. Newspapers are independent and diverse. The government exerts pressure, however, through granting of advertising and imposing taxes on imported newsprint. There are six commercial television channels and dozens of radio stations.