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Freedom of the Press - Samoa (2004)

Publisher Freedom House
Publication Date 28 April 2004
Cite as Freedom House, Freedom of the Press - Samoa (2004), 28 April 2004, available at: [accessed 25 May 2016]
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Status: Free
Legal Environment: 4
Political Influences: 8
Economic Pressures: 12
Total Score: 24

Population: n/a
GNI/capita: n/a
Life Expectancy: 69
Religious Groups: Christian (99.7 percent), other (0.3 percent)
Ethnic Groups: Polynesian (93 percent), Euronesian [mixed] (7 percent)
Capital: Apia

Samoa's press is generally free, though it is subject to some official harassment. Several English and Samoan newspapers appear regularly. According to the BBC, officials have sued the main private newspaper, the Samoa Observer, for stories on corruption and abuse within public offices. Officials have also cancelled government advertising in the paper. The government runs the sole television station, but additional stations from American Samoa are available. There are several radio stations.

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