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Freedom of the Press

Vanuatu

Vanuatu

Freedom of the Press 2004

2004 Scores

Press Status

Free

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

23

Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)

8

Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)

11

The constitution provides for press freedom. There is one government newspaper and a number that are privately owned. The sole radio and television stations are both owned by the state. The press is generally free to report criticisms of the government and its leaders without hindrance. However, the issue of media freedom was raised in September when a dispute between the Vanuatu Maritime Authority (VMA) and the Daily Post newspaper resulted in the newspaper's being served an injunction to stop reporting on the VMA or its staff. The VMA is under investigation for alleged mismanagement. In addition, Daily Post publisher Marc Neil-Jones was attacked by a group of unidentified assailants. Prime Minister Edward Natapei, approached by the Vanuatu Media Association in an appeal for press freedom, said he would resist pressure to curb the media.