Freedom of the Press

Marshall Islands

Marshall Islands

Freedom of the Press 2002

2002 Scores

Press Status

Free

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

10

Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)

5

Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)

5

The government generally respects freedom of the press, but journalists occasionally practice self-censorship on sensitive political issues. The government's monthly Marshall Islands Gazette carries official news and avoids political coverage. A privately owned weekly newspaper publishes in both English and the Marshallese language. Of two radio stations, one is state-owned. Both broadcast pluralistic views. A cable television company shows U.S. programs and occasionally covers local events.