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EU Says Georgia Leads In Media Freedom

Georgia is leading in a press freedom index among six former Soviet republics included in the European Union's Eastern Partnership initiative.

The first results of a pilot project to study the index of press freedom in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine, were made public in Kyiv on September 3. Moldova came second in the ranking, behind Georgia. Armenia was third.

Ukraine placed ahead of Azerbaijan and Belarus, countries with strong authoritarian trends.

The pilot project, designed to run for two years, has been conducted as part of a media monitoring project with the financial assistance of the European Union. The Eastern Partnership, an initiative intended to boost the EU cooperation with its eastern neighbors, was launched by the European Union in 2009.

Based on reporting by RFE/RL's Azerbaijani, Belarus and Georgian Services, and Interfax