Media of Chad
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Media in Chad is controlled by the government.
Postal and telephone service are under the direction of the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications. There are direct telephone connections between N’Djamena and Paris and several African capitals. In 2003, there were an estimated 2 mainline telephones for every 1,000 people. The same year, there were approximately 8 mobile phones in use for every 1,000 people.
Radio, television, and the Internet
The government-operated Radiodiffusion Nationale Tchadienne and Tele Tchad have broadcasting stations in N’Djamena that broadcast in French, Arabic, and seven African languages. Other radio stations are privately owned. In 2002, there were 2 AM and 4 FM radio stations and 1 television station. In 2003, there were an estimated 233 radios and 2 television sets for every 1,000 people.
The same year, there were 1.7 personal computers for every 1,000 people and 2 of every 1,000 people had access to the Internet.
The government press agency publishes the daily news bulletin Info-Tchad (circulation about 1,500 in 1999). Other publications include the weekly N’Djamena Hebdo (1999 circulation 9,500), and the monthly Tchad Et Culture (3,500).
Freedom of Speech
The Constitution of Chad and Transitional Charter ensure freedom of speech and the press, and the government is said to respect these rights. The Higher Council on Communications (mandated by the CNS) promotes free access to the media.
- This article incorporates public domain material from the CIA World Factbook website https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html.
- Infoasaid Chad Media & Telecoms Landscape Guide - http://www.infoasaid.org/sites/infoasaid.org/files/chad_media_guide_-_final_for_publication_041012.pdf
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