Micronesia | Freedom House

Freedom of the Press

Micronesia

Micronesia

Freedom of the Press 2008

2008 Scores

Press Status

Free

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

21

Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)

8

Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)

11

Article 4, Section 1, of the constitution states that no law may deny or impair freedom of expression, but there are no specific safeguards for speech or the press. Free speech was generally respected by the government in 2007, and there were no documented attacks on the press. In September, media executives gathered to form the Micronesian Media Association. The organization aims to promote journalistic freedom and the public’s access to information. A lack of economic resources is the biggest constraint on Micronesian media. The country has several newspapers; the widest reaching is the state-owned Kaselehlie Press, which is published fortnightly. Two independent weeklies, the Sinlaku Sun Times and Da Rohng, have a reputation as being critical of the government. There is also an online daily, the Mariana Variety. Each of the four state governments has a radio station that broadcasts in the local language, but they have been hampered by technical problems and were inoperable for most of the year because of weather-related damage to equipment. Two religiously affiliated radio stations were launched in 2007. The states of Pohnpei and Chuuk have commercial television stations, and Yap has a government-run television station. Foreign television content is available via satellite. The internet is not restricted by the government and was accessed by nearly 15 percent of the population in 2007.