Swaziland - Media



In 2001 there were 38,500 main telephone lines in service with an additional 45,000 cellular phones in use. The governmentoperated Swaziland Broadcasting Service broadcasts radio programs in English and Siswati and television programs in English. As of 2001, there were 3 AM and 2 FM radio stations and 5 television stations. In 2000 there were 162 radios and 119 television sets for every 1,000 people. Internet access is limited, with six service providers serving about 6,000 users in 2001.

There are two major daily English language newspapers, the Times of Swaziland and the Swaziland Observer, with circulations in 2002 of 18,000 and 11,000, respectively.

Freedom of speech and of the press are said to be limited, especially on political matters.

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