Freedom of the Press - Solomon Islands (2002)

Status: Free
Legal Environment: 3
Political Influences: 6
Economic Pressures: 15
Total Score: 24

Population: n/a
GNI/capita: n/a
Life Expectancy: 67
Religious Groups: n/a
Ethnic Groups: Melanesian (93 percent), Polynesian (4 percent), Micronesian (1.5 percent), other (1.5 percent)
Capital: Honiara

International news coverage was enhanced with the introduction of the first television channel. It was provided free by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The most important source of information is the state-run Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation. It offers diverse views. There is a private FM radio station. Three private newspapers vigorously criticize government policies. A minister threatened to put the government's radio broadcaster on a "black list" for providing news favorable to an opposition member of parliament.

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