Chad - Media



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. About 10,260 main line telephones were in service in 2000. In 2002, there were an additional 20,000 cellular phones in use. Radiodiffusion Nationale Tchadienne and Tele–Tchad have broadcasting stations in N'Djamena that broadcast in French, Arabic, and seven African languages. In 1998, there were 2 AM and 3 FM radio stations and 1 television station. In 2000 there were 236 radios and 1 television set for every 1,000 people. Internet access is rare with only one Internet Service Provider serving about 1,000 users in 2000.

The government press agency publishes the daily news bulletin Info-Tchad (circulation about 1,500 in 1999). Other publications include the weekly N'Djamena Hehdo (1999 circulation 9,500), and the monthly Tchad Et Culture (3,500).

The Constitution 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.

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