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Freedom of the Press

New Zealand

New Zealand

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)


Newspapers and broadcast media express diverse views with few restrictions. Independent broadcasters share time with state-owned radio and television. Following an outcry by domestic watchdog groups and the opposition National Party, the government in November withdrew a last-minute provision in an electoral bill that would have allowed for criminal defamation suits over articles written during election campaigns.