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Appendix B: Journalism Freedom: 1980–2008 (Country Ratings from Freedom House) - Laos

Population (2010, proj.): 6,436,000

Gross National Income per Capita (current, 2006): $630

Date of Independence: July 19, 1949 (from France)

Date of Last Constitution: Promulgated August 14, 1991

An authoritarian, one-party state, Laos retains tight control over all media. Indeed, all print and broadcast media are owned and journalists are paid by the government. There are no legal safeguards for voicing or ...

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