San Marino | Freedom House

Freedom of the Press

San Marino

San Marino

Freedom of the Press 2006

2006 Scores

Press Status


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


Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)


Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)


The right to freedom of expression is safeguarded under the 1974 San Marino Constitutional Order, and Article 183 of the criminal code protects against libel and slander. However, there are restrictions when expression comes into conflict with the right to confidentiality and the right to secrecy. The media operate freely, and no major impediments were reported in 2005. By law, radio and television broadcasting is monopolized by the San Marino Broadcasting Company, whose responsibility it is to grant concessions to private broadcasters. State-owned San Marino RTV runs both a radio and a television station. Italian radio and television are also available. There are two daily papers, La Tribuna Sammarinese and San Marino Oggi. Two Italian newspapers that contain news about San Marino are also distributed. The internet is available, unrestricted and used by almost 50 percent of the population.