TBILISI, DFWatch — Georgia is placed 100 among 179 countries on World Press Freedom Index list 2013. This is an improvement by four places compared to last year.
The report, published by Reporters without Borders, mentions Georgia only in passing together with a few other countries.
“Despite their wide dispersal in this edition of the index, Moldova (55 th , -2), Armenia (74 th , +3), Georgia (100 th , +4) and Kyrgyzstan (106 th , +2) have a number of things in common,” it reads.
“These countries enjoy broad media pluralism and a low level of state censorship, but they still face important challenges concerning media independence and the working environment of journalists.”
According to the report, journalists in those countries are often in the firing line in ‘highly polarized societies’ and treated as easy prey by a variety of pressure groups.
Georgia is placed after Mongolia and Mali, before Lebanon and Albania. The country was placed on 104. last year together with Ecuador after Chad, but before Nepal.
According to the map of World Press Freedom of 2013, Georgia is still orange, indicating ‘noticeable problems’.