Expression

While the state controls the country’s only radio and TV stations along with a local press agency, the freedom of expression is respected. The country has one state-run newspaper and three privately-owned publications. Opposition views are aired on radio and TV and newsletters that criticise the government are circulated without restriction. There is no law against independent broadcasting, and citizens can also access foreign broadcasts. There are no restrictions on internet usage, although a lack of infrastructure limits access. Only around a quarter of citizens is online. Although article 28 of the constitution protects the freedom of expression and information, São Tomé and Príncipe does not have a law providing for citizens to gain access to information held by public institutions.