Côte D'ivoire - Media

Telephone and telegraph services are government owned; there were an estimated 263,700 main line telephones and 450,000 cellular phones in use in 2000. All news media are owned or controlled by the government or the ruling PDCI. In 2002, daily newspapers included the French-language daily Fraternité Matin, with a circulation of 80,000; Ivoir'Soir (50,000); Le Jour (16,000); and La Voie. The government also controls radio and television broadcasting. Radio broadcasts are in French, English, and indigenous languages; television is in French only. In 1998, there were 2 AM and 9 FM radio stations, with 14 television stations reported in 1999. In 2000, there were 137 radios and 60 television for every 1,000 people. Online access was limited, with 5 Internet service providers serving 10,000 users in 2001.

Though the constitution provides for free expression and a free press, the government is said to impose significant restrictions on print and electronic media.

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