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Freedom of the Press - Mauritius (2004)

Publisher Freedom House
Publication Date 28 April 2004
Cite as Freedom House, Freedom of the Press - Mauritius (2004), 28 April 2004, available at: [accessed 10 October 2015]
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Status: Free
Legal Environment: 5
Political Influences: 10
Economic Pressures: 11
Total Score: 26

Population: n/a
GNI/capita: n/a
Life Expectancy: 72
Religious Groups: Indo-Mauritian (68 percent), Creole (27 percent), Sino-Mauritian (3 percent), Franco-Mauritian (2 percent)
Ethnic Groups: Hindu (52 percent), Roman Catholic(26 percent), Protestant (2.3 percent), Muslim (16.6 percent), other (3.1 percent) (16.6 percent), other (3.1 percent)
Capital: Port Louis

Press freedom is guaranteed in the constitution and is generally respected. Strict libel laws have not been used to inhibit the media. The Independent Broadcast Authority, established in 2001 and chaired by a government appointee, is mandated to regulate and license all radio and television broadcasting. A small number of private radio stations have been authorized to operate, but state-run media enjoy a monopoly in broadcasting local news and generally reflect official views. A number of private daily and weekly publications, however, are often highly critical of both government and opposition politicians and their policies. Several international broadcast news stations are available to the public by subscription.

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