Nauru | Freedom House

Freedom of the Press



Freedom of the Press 2008

2008 Scores

Press Status


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


Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)


Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)


Freedom of expression is safeguarded in Article 12 of the constitution, though there are limitations for libel and national security. There are no protections under the law for freedom of information, and in the past the government has proven uncooperative in granting access to documents. In 2007, a number of media executives from Nauru joined the newly formed Micronesian Media Association to protect free and independent journalism and public access to information. There were no attacks on the press in 2007. Environmental challenges, inadequate facilities, and a failing economy have limited the country’s media scene. Nauru publishes no daily papers, though the government releases the weekly Nauru Bulletin, and the Central Star News and Nauru Chronicle are published fortnightly. Opposition newsletters have also been issued. The state runs one radio and one television station that both carry material from foreign media; there is no private broadcasting. The internet is not restricted by the government, although access remains limited to less than 3 percent of the population owing to a poor telecommunications infrastructure.