Chile’s national and local terrestrial TV channels operate alongside extensive cable TV networks, which carry many US and international stations. Radio is an important source of news and information; there are hundreds of stations, most of them commercial. The constitution provides for freedom of speech and of the media, and this is generally respected by the authorities. The media maintain their independence, criticise the government and cover sensitive issues. Chile ranked 33rd out of 178 countries in media rights group Reporters Without Borders’ 2010 world press freedom index. There are 8.4 million internet users, Internetworldstats noted in 2010. (courtesy of BBC News)

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