Freedom of the Press

Suriname

Suriname

Freedom of the Press 2002

2002 Scores

Press Status

Free

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

25

Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)

11

Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)

14

The government generally respects freedom of the press. There are two independent daily newspapers though journalists tend to self-censor to avoid offending the former military leader, Desi Bouterse. An attack on a Dutch journalist in May is still under investigation. Two state-owned television channels carry news and commercial messages in more than five languages. Six radio stations, one state-owned, also broadcast in many languages for the ethnically diverse population. Internet access is not restricted.