MUNICH (RFE/RL)–A recent report compiled by the international journalists’ organization Reporters sans Frontieres lists seven CIS states and two East European countries where journalists’ rights and freedoms are seriously threatened.
Those countries are Moldova–Ukraine–Belarus–Turkmen’stan–Tajikistan–Azerbaijan–and Uzbekistan as well as Romania and Macedonia–according to INFOTAG on 24 November. The assessment is based on the availability and influence of state-run media–the level of development of the independent media–violence against journalists–and the number of court proceedings against the media initiated by official bodies. Moldova was named as the worst offender owing to its 1994 press law–which makes it very difficult for journalists to defend their rights. All attempts by democratically-minded Moldovan deputies to revise that law have failed–the report noted.