Papua New Guinea - Media



Telephone, telegraph, and telex services are available; there were 61,152 mainline telephones in use in 1999. In 1996, there were 3,053 cellular phones in use. A coastal radio service provides communications between land-based stations and ships at sea.

The National Broadcasting Commission operates three radio networks and one national television station. It broadcasts in English, Pidgin, Hiri Motu, and a dozen other vernaculars. As of 1999 there were 31 AM and 2 FM radio stations and 3 television stations. As of 2002, there were four additional television stations in the planning stages. In 2000 there were 86 radios and 17 television sets per 1,000 population. In 2001, three Internet service providers were serving 135,000 subscribers.

The Papua New Guinea Post-Courier is published daily in English with a 2002 circulation of about 30,480. The National, another daily, is published on Boroko and had a 2002 circulation of 20,000. Other local news sheets are published, many in Pidgin. Niugini Nius, also in Boroko, is published Tuesday–Friday (circulation 31,000) and also has a weekend edition (16,000).

The constitution provides for free speech and free media, and the government is said to generally respect these rights in practice.

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