Estonia Listed Third in the Press Freedom Top List

January 29th, 2012 → 4:21 pm @ // No Comments

Journalists’ organisation “Reporters without Borders” listed Estonia among the top four in the fresh press freedom top list, which is a major improvement from the previous list, LETA/National Broadcasting reports.

The 1st and 2nd positions are shared by Finland and Norway who were in the top of the list two years ago too, but the 3rd and 4th place are shared now by Estonia an Holland. In the previous list two years ago, Estonia shared 9-10th positions with Ireland.

Latvia shares the 50th position together with Trinidad and Tobago this year and Lithuania shares the 30th place with Australia.

Latvia has dropped 20 places in the index from last year; in 2010, Latvia was ranked 30th. On the other hand, in 2008, Latvia was ranked 7th.

Lithuania also saw a dramatic drop this year – from 11th in 2010 to 30th in 2011.

Latvia and Lithuania received much criticism from RWB that there has been more and more interference in the work of the press by local security structures.

Finland and Norway topped the 2011 Press Freedom Index, with Turkmenistan, North Korea and Eritrea on the bottom of the lost.

The press freedom index of “Reporters Without Borders” is based on the evaluations of journalists, lawyers and human rights activists.

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