Vanuatu - Media

The weekly government newspaper, The Vanuatu Weekly, appears in English, French, and Bislama. In 2002, it had a circulation of 1,700. Vanuatu is linked by telegraph and telex to Hong Kong; Paris; Noumea, New Caledonia; and Sydney, Australia. An earth satellite tracking station came into service in 1979. There were 5,500 mainline telephones in 1998 and 310 additional cellular phones in 2000. Radio Vanuatu (founded 1966) broadcasts daily in English, French, and Bislama. As of 2002, there were four radio stations and one television station. In 1997 there were 254 radios and 10 television sets per 1,000 population. In 2000, there were 3,000 Internet subscribers served by one service provider.

The constitution provides for free speech and a free press; however, in practice these provisions are not always honored, threatening opposition groups and media representatives with revocations of licenses and permits.

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