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Freedom of the Press

Vanuatu

Vanuatu

Freedom of the Press 2005

2005 Scores

Press Status

Free

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

24

Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)

9

Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)

11

The constitution provides for freedom of the press, and this right has generally been respected. Officials do not interfere with media criticism of government and political leaders, although some private actors have threatened the media after negative reports. Police were called to protect the staff of the Daily Post from assaults in July after the paper printed a disparaging article about the country's foreign minister. A court injunction stymied reporting during the contempt trial of then prime minister Serge Vohor but was lifted when the case was resolved. There is one government-run television station and two radio stations, but they fail to reach the 80 percent of the population living in rural areas. The weekly government newspaper is supplemented by numerous private daily and weekly papers. February saw the launch of a new independent weekly, Ni Vanuatu, the first indigenously owned and full-color publication on the island.