Freedom of the Press

United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates

Freedom of the Press 2002

2002 Scores

Press Status

Not Free

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


Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)


Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)


Self-censorship by journalists is rife when covering national security, governmental policies, religion, and the ruling families. Newspapers and magazines are privately owned but receive government subsidies. Foreign publications are censored. The state runs all broadcast media and provides only its own views. Satellite dishes bring in uncensored foreign telecasts. The UAE is the most Internet-connected nation in the Arab world.