TBILISI, DFWatch–In a new survey of Internet freedom published by the US-based human rights organization Freedom House, Georgia receives 26 points and is listed in twelfth place among 60 countries measured with status as free.

According to the survey, it is the leading country in the region and better in terms of Internet freedom than Ukraine, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus and Uzbekistan.

In 34 countries out of the 60 countries Freedom House looked at, there was a negative trend the last year. But not in Georgia: Obstacles to access and limits on content have decreased. And all in all, Georgia improved its positions by 4 points in the study, which was conducted from May 2012 to April 2013.

Iceland, Estonia and Germany are best in terms of its net freedom, according to the Washington-based group.

At the bottom of the group’s ranking list are Iran, Cuba, China and Syria, which it considers countries that have the greatest restrictions on Internet use.