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IREX taking Georgia at its word

2011-08-19 21:17

IREX taking Georgia at its word. 21052.jpegIREX international organization has published the results of its annual press freedom monitoring in various world countries called "media sustainability index". We will study the situation discovered by IREX in the Caucasian states. According to the organization's report, the situation with the freedom of word in the region is rather bad. Besides, it is not Georgia, the local "beacon of democracy", but Armenia that has succeeded most in developing independent media.


With IREX, the freedom of media is estimated according to a four-point scale. Four points is the best possible result, which means the journalists of a country are completely free, work skillfully and have got effective management. Caucasian journalists are naturally very far from that. Make it worse, there is a reverse process in the region: the media are degrading in Georgia and Azerbaijan. Only Armenia was given a good mark of 2,9 points, which speaks of relatively viable, free and influential mass media.

Armenia is the leader not only among the Caucasian countries but also in Central Asia, which is quite understandable. Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are no competitors even to Georgia with its well-enhanced authoritarian regime. By the way, these two countries are at the bottom of the list of world states. Independent media simply do not exist in these repressive regimes. Turkmenistan has got 0,35 points and Uzbekistan 0,56 points.

As for Georgia, researchers were interested not only in the country's annual ratings but in the general tendencies of the long-term media development. IREX' tenth research has been published this year, enabling to track the dynamics of Georgia's rating within the whole time. The picture looks rather depressing. In 2001, before revolutions, in the epoch of Shevardnadze's standstill, IREX awarded 1, 82 points to the country and in 2011 - 1,85 points. In a word, within ten years, the level of media development and freedom in Georgia has not changed for the better. These appraisals allow forming the idea of what is going on in the country.

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