Tuvalu | 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)


The constitution safeguards freedom of expression, though government regulations and a state monopoly over the tiny media market sometimes limit this right in practice. According to the U.S. State Department, the government tried to influence reporting by the public Tuvalu Media Corporation (TMC) in 2007. TMC controls the country’s only newspaper, Tuvalu Echoes, and radio station, Radio Tuvalu; it reportedly censors content considered to be in opposition to the government. TMC was reabsorbed by the government in December, making it a department in the Office of the Prime Minister starting in 2008. There are no local television broadcasts, though foreign satellite television is popular. Tuvalu ISP is the sole internet service provider for the 17 percent of the population with the means to access this new medium. Access for those with internet connections is limited in practice by a poor telecommunications infrastructure.