Media of Djibouti
Media in Djibouti is controlled by the government.
From Djibouti City, 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
All media are government controlled. Radio Djibouti began broadcasting in the 1940s, during the colonial period in French Somaliland. 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 Arabic, French, Somali and Afar. 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.
Djibouti has one primary weekly newspaper, the government owned La Nation de Djibouti, 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
The constitution provides for freedom of speech and the press, and the government is said to generally uphold these rights.
- Dubnov, Helena (2003). A Grammatical Sketch of Somali. Koln: Rudiger Koppe Verlag. p. 10.
- "La Nation de Djibouti".
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