Freedom of the Press

Mauritania

Mauritania

Freedom of the Press 2002

2002 Scores

Press Status

Not Free

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

61

Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)

18

Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)

20

Municipal and national assembly elections in 2001 provided some movement toward a freer society, but strict control of the news media by the ruling party tainted the election. About 20 private newspapers publish regularly and are sometimes critical of officials but they must register with the government and submit copies of the papers before publication to the interior and justice ministries. They may block material deemed offensive to Islam or threatening national security. During the year, the authorities seized seven issues of different journals. In April, a government minister withdrew a correspondent's accreditation. The state owns the only two daily newspapers and monopolizes nearly all broadcast media.