Kiribati | Freedom House

Freedom of the Press



Freedom of the Press 2004

2004 Scores

Press Status


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


Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)


Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)


Freedom of press is provided for in the constitution; the government generally respects this right despite an October 2002 amendment to the Newspaper Registration Act, which permits authorities to de-register a newspaper if it "offends" the public or is likely to lead to "disorder." To date, no publications have been de-registered. In December 2002, a former president was finally granted a license to operate the only private radio station, after the government had blocked this request in 1999. The former president also owns the only private newspaper. The government publishes two newspapers and controls two radio stations. Church-published newsletters also serve as important sources of information.