Freedom of the Press



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)


Except for the criminalizing of libel, the press is generally free of government influence or control. A wide variety of newspapers are privately owned and publish in Estonian and Russian. There are three private national television channels and a state-owned public service channel. Some 30 radio stations are privately run. There are dozens of weekly newspapers and magazines. Though the government owns the newspaper printing plant, it does not interfere with its commercial management. The greatest hazard facing the press is financial loss due to low advertising revenue.