Freedom of the Press

Philippines

Philippines

Freedom of the Press 2002

2002 Scores

Press Status

Free

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

30

Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)

16

Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)

11

Hundreds of radio stations and newspapers across this widely dispersed island country provide varied reports and opinions. In this barely stable democratic society, innuendo is often a substitute for investigative reporting. Rebel action in the south creates widespread self-censorship among many journalists. A number of violent incidents directed at journalists took place throughout the year. A bomb was set off outside one radio station, two journalists were killed for their reporting, and another survived an ambush.