Freedom of the Press

Mozambique

Mozambique

Freedom of the Press 2002

2002 Scores

Press Status

Partly Free

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

48

Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)

14

Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)

17

Under a constitution that provides for freedom of the press, independent newspapers are replacing the war-era government publications. Several under the banner of the cooperative Mediacoop are faxed to subscribers, but publications in Maputo, the capital, have little influence in the largely illiterate rural areas. The state owns or influences all of the largest newspapers. Criminal libel laws restrict free expression and lead to self-censorship. Though there are more than a dozen licensed private radio and television stations, the state influences nearly all broadcast media. The opposition is inadequately covered in the government media, especially in national radio and television.