Freedom House lowers Ukraines media freedom by 3 notches to 59 points in 2011.

By bne IntelliNews May 4, 2012
Freedom House, an independent watchdog organization, has llowered Ukraine's media freedom rating by 3 notches to 59 in 2011 from 56 points in 2010, reads its report Freedom of the Press 2012. Thus, Ukraine is 131st on the rating after South Sudan; it has Partly Free status in terms of freedom of the press. Finland, Norway and Sweden have the top scores of 10 points. Russia is 173d with 80 points, Belarus 193d with 93 points: mass media in both countries rated Not Free. The Freedom House also pointed out to a decline in the democracy level in Ukraine in 2011 over persecutions of the opposition, including Yulia Tymoshenko, a former prime minister and current leader of the Batkivschyna All-Ukrainian Association party.

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