Vanuatu | Freedom House

Freedom of the Press

Vanuatu

Vanuatu

Freedom of the Press 2008

2008 Scores

Press Status

Free

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

23

Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)

8

Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)

9

Vanuatu continues to have a small but vibrant press. Freedom of expression is protected under the constitution, and this right is generally respected in practice. In 2007, the government agreed to join Transparency International Vanuatu and the Media Association of Vanuatu in drafting the country’s first freedom of information bill. The draft was pending at year’s end. Although officials do not actively interfere with media coverage, journalists have been censored or intimidated on occasion. There are private print media, but the state owns the only radio and television stations. Radio broadcasts have increased since the installation of new transmitters at the beginning of 2006. The internet is run by the Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation and is not restricted by the government, but it is accessed by only 3.4 percent of the population.