The state of press freedom in the world — the worst in more than 10 years

Only one of the six people on Earth live in a country where the media is free and independent. Such a conclusion is to present an annual report by Freedom House, which was released today in Washington.

The report, "Freedom of the Press 2011: A Global independence of the media," says a "significant reduction in freedom of the press" over the past year in a number of countries, including Egipet, Hungary, Mexico, Turkey and Ukraine.

Belarus figures among the countries with the worst state of free media, except it includes the ten worst Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Iran, Burma, Cuba, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Libya and North Korea.

In these states, the report says Freedom House, "an independent media either does not exist or can just act, the press is the mouthpiece of the regime, citizens' access to unbiased information is severely limited, and dissent was stifled by prison, torture and other forms of repression."

63 countries were rated "not free" in 2010, including Russia, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan.

The structure of "partly free" came from 65 countries, including Serbiya, Montenegro, Croatia, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Kosovo, Moldova and Ukraine.

Of the 196 countries and territories press only 68 of them were recognized as "free".

In Central and Eastern Europe and the CIS 56% of people live in countries where the press is not free, and 26% — in a partly free press and 18% — in countries where the press is free.

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