Armenia ranked 78th in 2015 World Press Freedom Index

Armenia is ranked 78th out in 180 countries in the 2015 World Press Freedom Index with a score of 28.43.

Top of the list, as so often, are three Scandinavian countries: Finland, which has been in first place for five years in succession, followed by Norway and Denmark.

At the other end of the scale, Turkmenistan, North Korea and Eritrea, in last place, were the worst performers.

Other countries in the region are placed as follows: Russia – 152nd, Georgia – 69th, Turkey – 149th, Azerbaijan – 162nd, Iran – 173rd.

The 2015 World Press Freedom Index highlights the worldwide deterioration in freedom of information in 2014. Beset by wars, the growing threat from non-state operatives, violence during demonstrations and the economic crisis, media freedom is in retreat on all five continents.

The World Press Freedom Index has been published ever year since 2002 by Reporters Without Borders, an international nonprofit organization registered in France that defends freedom of information and has consultative status with the United Nations and UNESCO.

The aim of the index is to measure freedom of information in 180 countries. It reflects the degree of freedom that journalists, news media and netizens (Internet citizens) enjoy in each country, and the efforts made by the authorities to respect and ensure respect for this freedom.

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