Lithuania | Freedom House

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)


The media are editorially independent, though publications may be banned and journalists penalized for infractions ruled by a court. Press freedom may be limited if it is necessary to protect health, honor, dignity or the constitutional order. Most Lithuanian media are privately owned. State-owned radio and television are under pressure from the government, which controls budget allocations. Most newspapers and the distribution systems are privately owned. Lithuanians, however, generally get their news from radio and television. The 1998 telecommunications law grants the Lithuanian Telecom a monopoly on terrestrial communication until 2003.