East Timor | Freedom House

Freedom of the Press

East Timor

East Timor

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)


There are eight radio stations (one official and seven private), the UN-operated television station, two independent daily newspapers, and eleven other publications. The transitional UN administration provides for freedom of the press as stipulated in UN covenants. Lack of resources and low literacy hamper the print press, which publishes in four languages, yet the papers are relatively free and their coverage diverse. As an indication of the general commitment to press freedom, one of the main streets, Avenida Libberdade Da Imprensa, is named for a journalist murdered during the struggle for independence, and a nearby monument memorializes another dead reporter.