Marshall Islands | Freedom House

Freedom of the Press

Marshall Islands

Marshall Islands

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)


The government respects the rights of freedom of speech and press as provided for in the constitution. Sensitive political and cultural issues occasionally are handled with self-censorship by the media. A privately owned newspaper publishes articles in English and Marshallese. The government publishes a monthly containing official news but tends to avoid political coverage. Two radio stations, one government owned and one church owned, carry news broadcasts from overseas. The government station also provides legislative coverage. U.S. military radio and TV broadcasts also reach some areas, and U.S. television is available via cable.