Tajikistan's ranking is the highest among Central Asian states. Additionally, Tajikistan ranks higher than all of its immediate neighbors and nearby states like Ukraine (131), Russia (140), and Azerbaijan (152).
The report comes at a time when the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has criticized the Tajik media environment. According to an article in "The Moscow Times," the OSCE has petitioned the government to "reverse the ongoing deterioration of the media freedom situation in Tajikistan." Clearly, rankings like these are always going to involve some rather arbitrary decisions.
The 2010 rankings had other surprises as well. Finland climbed to the number one spot for the first time since 2006. And Eritrea beat out North Korea for the bottom spot on the table for the fourth year running.
-- Joseph Hammond