Freedom of the Press



Freedom of the Press 2002

2002 Scores

Press Status

Partly Free

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


Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)


Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)


President Kumba Yala's restraint of public freedom based on his claim to eliminate threats to democracy resulted in increased self-censorship by the news media and several crackdowns on the press. Free expression is constitutionally guaranteed and had been generally respected. In 2001, however, a new public prosecutor threatened to arrest journalists of an independent radio station for refusing to hand over tapes of a weekly news commentary. Two journalists of the daily Diario de Bissau were arrested. In October, the attorney-general ordered the indefinite closure of the Diario de Bissau and the weekly Gazeta de Noticias on the grounds that they threatened "national security."