Freedom of the Press

Uruguay

Uruguay

Freedom of the Press 2002

2002 Scores

Press Status

Free

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

25

Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)

8

Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)

3

Press laws permit imprisonment for criminal defamation or for reporting "false news" that disturbs the peace. The press is privately owned, and broadcasting is both commercial and public. The government, the largest advertiser, can pressure the print media. Media associations expressed concern over a proposed bill, currently before parliament, that would levy a value-added tax (VAT) on the sale of newspapers and magazines. Most citizens, however, get their news from the independent television stations.