In 1996, there were 19,000 mainline telephones in use, with an additional 461 cellular phones throughout the country. In 1997 there were 703 radios and 81 television sets per 1,000 population. As of 1999, there were 3 AM and 2 FM radio stations and one (cable) television station. Dominicans also receive TV and radio broadcasts from neighboring islands. Two weekly newspapers are published in Roseau, the Chronicle (circulation in 2002, 2,500) and the government-published Official Gazette (550), among other journals and periodicals.
The constitution provides for the right of free expression, and the government is said to respect free speech and a free press. Independent print and electronic media operate without restrictions by the government authorities.