Status: Partly Free
Legal Environment: 12
Political Influences: 15
Economic Pressures: 14
Total Score: 41

Population: n/a
GNI/capita: n/a
Life Expectancy: 56
Religious Groups: n/a
Ethnic Groups: Antalote, Cafre, Makoa, Oimatsha, Sakalava
Capital: Moroni

The absence of a formal guarantee of press freedom enables the government to readily arrest an occasional journalist who does not adequately self-censor his material, as do most independent journalists. The weekly Al-Watwan is a semi-official organ. Because of limited resources, several private newspapers are published only sporadically in the capital. Private television and radio stations operate without overt government interference, but self-censorship is prevalent. Some have access to satellite and other international broadcasts, including those from Mayotte. In November, one director of a radio station was arrested and another released after 14 months in prison.

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