Armenia maintains the positions of regional leader in press freedom as revealed in the latest index published by Reporters without Borders.
In the list of 180 world countries, it places the 78th, being much ahead of Georgia and Azerbaijan (which rank the 84th and 160th, respectively). Turkey and Iran are the 154th and 173th in this year’s ranking. Armenia and Azerbaijan have climbed down four points in comparison with 2013. Georgia ranked the100th in last year’s index; Turkey came in the 154th.
In the section addressing the press freedom in Azerbaijan, the authors note that the country successfully copies “Russia’s repressive legislation and communications surveillance methods”.
A leading country in the 2014 index is Finland. The other states in the top ten list include the Netherland, Norway, Luxemburg, Andorra, Liechtenstein, Denmark, Iceland, New Zealand and Sweden.
The 2014 World Press Freedom Index spotlights the negative impact of conflicts on freedom of information and its protagonists.