IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Media Freedom Index of Eastern Partnership countries presents second wave results – Moldova takes up the lead
An initiative of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum Media Freedom Index of Eastern Partnership countries presented its second wave results in Kyiv last week. According to the Index, Moldova ranked first, Georgia second; Armenia and Ukraine were placed third and fourth places respectively, while Azerbaijan and Belarus took fifth and sixth places.
Project contributes to better understanding by the EU the specifics of regional media landscape and facilitates the information exchange between journalist communities of the Eastern Partnership countries, said Zoltán Szalai, Head of Press and Information Section of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, commenting on the presentation of survey results while stressing the importance of media freedom and freedom of speech as European Union’s fundamental values.
Andriy Kulakov, Programme Director of NGO “Internews Ukraine,” an organization, who is leading the project implementation, reminded that the Project is aimed at promoting and defending media freedom in Eastern Partnership region by raising international public awareness about issues related to freedom of speech and journalists’ rights in six EaP countries. “Index’s task is to identify so-called “pressure points” of EU’s Eastern partners in order to promote their further settlement,” Kulakov said.
EaP East Media Freedom Watch Project is aimed at facilitating freedom of speech and media protection in the six countries by means of raising public awareness at both regional and international levels concerning the situation of media and journalist freedom in the region. The project is implemented by Internews-Ukraine, international public organization, with the support of the European Union and in terms of cooperation between leading media NGOs: Yerevan Press-Club (Armenia), Yeni Nesil Journalists Union (Azerbaijan), Green Wave Association (Georgia), Independent Journalism Centre (Moldova), and partners from Belarus.
EaP Media Free Watch website in ENG and RU