(U//FOUO) Open Source Center Lao Media at a Glance

Laos has 31 state-run radio stations and one national television network with 16 stations. Lao broadcasters compete with more developed Thailand, whose stations can reach all of Laos (“Laos to Modernize its Media,” Newspaper and magazine circulation is limited. Many of the rural areas, where 85% of Laotians live (Lao News Agency,, are not easily accessible by road, and a relatively low literacy rate of 68.7% (World Factbook) also limits readership.