Guinea - Media

Telephone, telegraph, and postal services are government-owned. Submarine cables connect Conakry with Dakar, Freetown, and Monrovia; telecommunication links by satellite are also available. As of 1998 there were 37,000 mainline telephones and 21,567 cellular phones in use.

Radiodiffusion-Télévision Guinéenne broadcasts in French, English, Portuguese, Arabic, Creole, and local languages, as does TV-Nationale, the one television station in Guinea. In 2001, there were 4 AM and 1 FM radio stations. In 2000 there were about 52 radios and 44 television sets for every 1,000 people. Internet access is limited, with four service providers serving about 8,000 people in 2000.

The government-owned Horoya is published weekly, with an estimated daily circulation of 20,000 in 2002. Fonike covers sports and general news topics. There are also a number of private press weeklies, including La Lance, L'Oeil, Le Democrat, L'Independant, La Nouvelle Tribune, L'Observateur , and the satirical newspaper Le Lynx .

The constitution provides freedom of the press, though in practice the government imposes broad control and censorship. All media are owned or controlled by the government.

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