Asia

East Timor profile - media

  • 6 February 2015
  • From the section Asia
Image caption Few East Timorese regularly read newspapers

Radio is the most popular medium. State-run Radio Television Timor-Leste launched in 2002. Public radio is said to reach some 90% of the population; public TV has a smaller coverage.

Community radios are on air, often with funding from international agencies and NGOs.

East Timor has a handful of daily and weekly press titles. Economic and physical factors, as well as high rates of illiteracy, limit readership.

Reporters can usually cover the news freely, although a "culture of deference pervades journalism", says US-based Freedom House.

BBC World Service broadcasts in Dili on 95.3 FM. There are FM relays of Portuguese and Australian radio.

There were around 11,500 internet users by 2014 (InternetLiveStats.com). The UN telecom body lists East Timor as being among the world's 10 least-connected nations. The government does not restrict access to online content.

The press/internet

Television

Radio