East Timor profile

East Timorese youths read newspaper headline reporting Jose Ramos-Horta's 2007 election win 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.

Journalists often practice self-censorship, US-based Freedom House reported in 2011.

BBC World Service is available in Dili via BBC 105.9 FM. There are FM relays of Portuguese and Australian radio.

East Timor had around 2,300 internet users by December 2011 (InternetWorldStats.com).

The press/internet

Television

  • Televisao de Timor-Leste (TVTL) - public

Radio

  • Radio Nacional de Timor-Leste (RTL) - public
  • Radio Falintil/Voz da Esperanca - community station which began life as a clandestine station operated by East Timor rebels
  • Radio Timor Kmanek (RTK) - Catholic Church radio

More Asia stories

RSS

Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • Wall art Off the wall

    Belfast is shifting its creative focus - from unconventional street art to modern sculptures

Programmes

  • A motorised skateboadThe Travel Show Watch

    The motorised skateboard which can reach speeds of 17mph (27 km/h) and other travel technology

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.