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Freedom of the Press

Samoa

Samoa

Freedom of the Press 2004

2004 Scores

Press Status

Free

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

24

Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)

8

Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)

12

Samoa's press is generally free, though it is subject to some official harassment. Several English and Samoan newspapers appear regularly. According to the BBC, officials have sued the main private newspaper, the Samoa Observer, for stories on corruption and abuse within public offices. Officials have also cancelled government advertising in the paper. The government runs the sole television station, but additional stations from American Samoa are available. There are several radio stations.