In 1997, there were about 3,000 mainline telephones in use, with an additional 6,942 cellular phone subscribers. The national, government-operated radio stations broadcasts in Portuguese. There were no independent radio or television stations as of 2001, but there is no law forbidding them. The Voice of America, Radio International Portugal, and Radio France International all rebroadcast locally. In 1998, there were two AM and four FM radio stations and two television stations. In 1997, there were about 38,000 radios and 23,000 television sets in use throughout the country. In 2001, two Internet service providers were serving about 6,500 subscribers.
In 2001, there were two government-owned newspapers. The Diario da Republica (1995 circulation: 500) is published weekly by the government. Noticias São Tomé e Príncipe is also a weekly, with a 1995 circulation of 900. There were six independent papers and newsletters in 2001, publishing monthly or bimonthly.
The constitution provides for the freedoms of speech and of the press and the government generally respects these rights in practice