The international non-governmental organization «Reporters Without Borders» has published the results of its annual World Press Freedom Index 2017, which assesses the situation with freedom of speech and media freedom in 180 countries.
According to the results of the study,
«The pluralism of the Kyrgyz media is exceptional in
«In addition to his verbal attacks on critical media, President Almazbek Atambayev has also brought criminal defamation actions against some of them, seeking tens of thousands of euros in damages. Civil society has managed to block proposed draconian laws but the parliament has reintroduced prison sentences for certain media offenses and plans to limit foreign investment in the media and to impose a Russian-style ban on «homosexual propaganda," the study says.
The press freedom index in Kyrgyzstan remains the highest in the region. For example, Kazakhstan is ranked the 157th, Uzbekistan — 169th, and Tajikistan — 149th.
The top five most press free countries are
The media of