Georgia Is on the 126th Place in Freedom of the Press 2010
April 30, 2010
Freedom House published the rating of the Freedom of the Press in the World “Freedom of the Press-2010.” Georgia is on the 126th place classified as partly free, followed by Honduras, Nepal and Paraguay and has status of partly free. Russia is on the 175th place, classified as not free, followed by The Gambia.
Finland, Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Luxembourg, Andorra, Switzerland, Liechtenstein top the rating, they are classified as free.
Among post-soviet states Estonia is the first on the list who shares the 19th place together with Germany (rating 17) and has status of free. Next on the list is Czech Republic which is considered to be free as well and shares the 24th place together with the USA.
Armenia is on the 146th place (rating 66), Azerbaijan is on the 172nd place (rating 78). Both countries have status of non-free.
As for Russia, it is on the 175th place together with Gambia (rating 81) and has status of not-free. North Korea is last on the list.
There were total 196 states on the list. 69 of them are classified as free (35 %), 64 countries are partly free (33 %) and 63 of them are not free (32 %).
In the press-release of the report, which is published on the official website of the organization, it is said that level of freedom of the press has reduced in the world in comparison with the last year. Only every sixth person lives in the state with free media on the earth.
The quality of press freedom worsened mostly in African, South American and Near East countries. The situation improved only in the Asia-Pacific region.
The Report underlines that in China, Russia, Venezuela and other states the government systematically interferes in the activities of the media.
In the field of the freedom of the press, the worst situation is in the following states: - Belorussia, Birma, Cuba, Equator Guinea, Eritrea, Iran, Livia, North Korea, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The report states that in those countries the free press does not exist at all.