Freedom of the Press



Freedom of the Press 2002

2002 Scores

Press Status

Not Free

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


Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)


Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)


Free news and information media do not exist. At a time when Colonel Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi is continuing his campaign for international respectability, members of the international press reported fewer restrictions on their movement and less interference from officials. However, the state owns all media, and continues to fully control reporting of domestic and international issues. Vague laws allow for the arbitrary interpretation of any report as illegal. Foreign programs are censored, but satellite television is widely available in Tripoli, the capital.