Freedom of the Press

Lesotho

Lesotho

Freedom of the Press 2002

2002 Scores

Press Status

Partly Free

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

46

Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)

15

Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)

18

Constitutional provisions for press freedom are generally respected, though journalists occasionally suffer harassment and attacks. There are several independent newspapers, including Christian publications and four English-language weeklies that freely criticize the government. There are four private radio stations but no local television. The state-controlled print and broadcast media reflect only government views. South African radio and television broadcasts reach Lesotho.