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Attacks on the Press 2001: Brunei

An absolute monarchy whose leader, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, rules by decree, tiny Brunei has enormous oil and gas reserves and is one of the richest countries in the world on a per capita basis. This wealth has not made for a free press, however. The government controls the electronic media through Radio Television Brunei, and newspapers must exercise caution when covering religious and political issues to survive in the conservative, Muslim-dominated country.
March 26, 2002 12:10 PM ET

Letters   |   Brunei

Government plans harsh new press law

Your Majesty: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is alarmed by news that your government is poised to enact sweeping amendments to existing press laws, an action that will severely curtail freedom of information in Brunei by imposing strict licensing requirements on newspapers and threatening journalists with jail terms for publishing "false news" and other offenses.

September 25, 2001 12:00 PM ET

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