Monaco | Freedom House

Freedom of the Press



Freedom of the Press 2005

2005 Scores

Press Status


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


Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)


Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)


Under Monaco's 1962 constitution, Article 23 provides protection for freedom of expression, although exceptions do exist. Denunciations of the ruling Grimaldi family are prohibited under the penal code. Aside from limited examples of self-censorship related to these restrictions, press freedom is respected and no violations were reported in 2004. There are no daily newspapers publishing in Monaco. Two monthly magazines and a weekly government journal are published in the principality, and French daily newspapers are widely available. Radio and television are government operated, and all French broadcasts are freely transmitted. France maintains a controlling interest in Radio Monte Carlo, which transmits in several languages and extends its influence beyond the state borders.