Mauritius - Media

All parts of the island are linked by telegraph, telephone, and postal services; as of 1998 there were 245,000 mainline telephones in use and 60,482 cellular phones. The state-owned Mauritius Broadcasting Corp. provides radio and television service in French, English, Hindi, and Chinese. In 2001, the government established the Independent Broadcast Authority, which is intended to formulate regulations for private broadcast licenses. The members of the group are primarily representatives of government ministries and the chair is appointed by the Prime Minister. In 1998, there were 5 AM and 9 FM radio stations. There were 2 television stations in 1997. In 2000 there were 379 radios and 268 television sets for every 1,000 people. The same year, there were about 101 personal computers in use for every 1,000 people. Two Internet service providers served about 87,000 subscribers in 2001.

There are over a dozen privately owned newspapers across the country. Leading daily newspapers (with 2002 circulations) include L'Express (35,000), Le Mauricien (35,000), The New Nation (15,000), and The Sun (unavailable), each published in Port Louis in both French and English. There are three major Chinese language newspapers.

Free speech and press are constitutionally provided and said to be respected by the government.

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