Slovakia’s has improved its ranking in a world press freedom chart. Its 35th position was a rise of nine places from last year, when it ranked 44th. The compilers noted that the improvement was in part a result of the change in government in July this year.
The Paris-based international press freedom organisation Reporters Without Borders published its annual "Press Freedom Index" this week after surveying the media in over 160 countries around the world. Slovakia shared 35th position with Surinam.
Reporters without Borders wrote, as quoted by the SITA newswire, that Slovakia is just emerging from former Prime Minister Robert Fico's tumultuous era. However, Slovakia's partners in the Visegrad Group fared better, with Hungary and the Czech Republic sharing 23rd position and Poland placed 32nd. As recently as 2007, Slovakia was ranked third in the press freedom ranking.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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21. Oct 2010 at 10:00