Ukraine took the 4th place in freedom of speech

3 September 2013 15:48
Out of six Eastern Partnership countries, Ukraine took the 4th place in the measurement of Index of Freedom of Media. Coordinator of international project “Internews-Ukraine” Natalya Sad said this during the press conference. She noted that according to analysis of freedom of speech in six Eastern Partnership countries, Georgia took the first place, Moldova- the second, Armenia- the third. Next came Ukraine, followed by Belarus. Azerbaijan took the last place. Coordinator of this project in South Caucasus Boris Navasardyan noted that measurement of the freedom of media index in each of the Eastern Partnership countries will be conducted on a quarterly basis during the next two years. As reported, the Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych has asked for monthly reports about freedom of media in Ukraine. Yanukovych said that Ukraine's progress towards European integration depends on adherence to principles, objectivity and impartiality of journalists. Nonetheless, human rights groups have expressed concern about the oppression of freedom of speech in Ukraine.