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Occupied Crimea is in top ten worst freedom of press territories – Freedom House

30.04.2015, 13:21

Crimea occupied by Russia is now in the "negative top ten" of countries and territories of the world that have the worst level of freedom of press. The annexed peninsula is in this list along with Belarus, Iran, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. This information comes from the international NGO Freedom House.

Advocates say that the level of freedom of press in the world is one of the lowest in the last ten years, due to violence against journalists, and laws limiting activities of mass media approved in many countries.

In its report, published on April 29, Freedom House indicates considerable reduction of the freedom of press in 2014 in 18 countries and territories.

In particular, more and more Russian mass media get taken over by the state. Researchers indicate «nepotism of private mass media and political leaders», and business interests that force to cut criticism against the government. Freedom House also criticizes Russia for «active and aggressive use of openly threatening or misleading propaganda for displacing real journalism».

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