Media of Djibouti

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Media in Djibouti is controlled by the government.

Telecommunications[edit]

From the city of Djibouti, telephone connections are available by satellite to Europe and the West and by land line to the main cities and towns of the interior; there were 9,500 mainline telephones and 23,000 cellular phones in use throughout the country in 2003.

Television, radio and Internet[edit]

All media are government controlled. In 1983, Djibouti inaugurated a powerful state-owned AM radio transmitting station, built with French and FRG funds. A television service was first introduced in 1967. Both are state run and broadcast in French, Afar, Somali, and Arabic. As of 2001, there were 1 AM and 2 FM radio stations and 1 television station. In 1997, there were 77 radios and 37 television sets per 1,000 population. Internet access was available to about 6,500 subscribers in 2003.

Print[edit]

Djibouti has one primary weekly newspaper, the government owned La Nation de Djibouti,[1] which had a circulation of 4,300 in 2000. Each political party is allowed to publish a public journal. There are several opposition-run weeklies and monthlies that operate freely.

Freedom of Speech[edit]

The constitution provides for freedom of speech and the press, and the government is said to generally uphold these rights.

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References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Library of Congress Country Studies.