ARMENIA RATED 137 AMONG COUNTRIES WITH FREE MEDIA

AZG Armenian Daily
02/05/2006

New York-based media freedom monitoring Freedom House released its
annual report on freedom of mass media in the world. According to the
report, most serious drawbacks in media freedom in 2005 were registered
in Russia, Uzbekistan and a number of African and Asian countries. A
country is rated based on 3 factor groups: legislation on mass media,
political factors including state supervision over media, censorship
and economic situation, for instance, economic freedom of media,
degree of corruption among journalists.

So, from among 194 rated states 73 have "free" mass media, 54
"partially free" and 67 "not free". The report placed USA 17 together
with Estonia. Latvia is on the 26th place, Lithuania on 31st,
Ukraine on 113d, Georgia 118th, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan on 137th,
Moldova on 141st, Russia on 158th, Azerbaijan on 161st, Kazakhstan
on 165th, Tajikistan on 167th, Belarus on 185th, Uzbekistan on 187th
and Turkmenistan on 190th.