Palau - Media

The Palau National Communications Corp., established in 1982, provides domestic and international telephone connections, radio broadcasting, telex and telegram communications, and navigational and weather services. In 2002, there were 6,700 mainline telephones and 1,000 cellular phones in use. A radio station in Koror broadcasts to listeners in the outer islands. As of 2002, there were five radio stations, 1 AM and 4 FM. Television is limited to one channel in the Koror area, provided by a local private company. As of 1997, there were 478 radios and 85 television sets in use per 1,000 population. Internet access is available.

There are no daily papers. Two popular periodicals are Palau Gazette (monthly, 1995 circulation 3,000), and Tia Belau (weekly, 5,000).

The constitution provides for free speech and a free press, and the government respects these rights in practice.

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