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Freedom of the Press - Chad (2002)

Publisher Freedom House
Publication Date 22 April 2002
Cite as Freedom House, Freedom of the Press - Chad (2002), 22 April 2002, available at: [accessed 25 May 2016]
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Status: Not Free
Legal Environment: 26
Political Influences: 22
Economic Pressures: 26
Total Score: 74

Population: n/a
GNI/capita: n/a
Life Expectancy: 50
Religious Groups: n/a
Ethnic Groups: Sara (28 pecent), Arab (12 percent), many others (60 percent)
Capital: N'Djamena

Criminal libel is punishable by prison sentences and fines. Private newspapers that criticize the government circulate freely in the capital, but have little impact among the rural poor and largely illiterate population. State control of broadcasting allows little exposure for dissenting views. The only television station is government-owned and licensing fees for commercial radio are prohibitively high. During the presidential election period, radio stations were prohibited from broadcasting political debates or programs of a political nature.

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