Freedom of the Press
Press Freedom Score (0 = best, 100 = worst)
Legal Environment(0 = best, 30 = worst)
Political Environment(0 = best, 40 = worst)
Economic Environment(0 = best, 30 = worst)
Access to the internet, although generally unrestricted, was limited to less than 1 percent of the population in 2009. Some journalists’ e-mail is reportedly monitored by police, and those brought in for questioning have been asked to supply personal internet passwords to intelligence officers. In March, authorities temporarily blocked access within Bangladesh to a number of websites, including the video-sharing site YouTube, citing national security concerns in the wake of an attempted mutiny by security forces. After a public outcry, the ban was lifted within two weeks.