Moldova has come out on top in the latest press-freedom index among six former Soviet republics included in the European Union's Eastern Partnership initiative.
The survey was conducted by the Internews-Ukraine nongovernmental organization as part of a pilot project to study press freedoms in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine.
Georgia came second, Armenia was third, Ukraine was fourth, Azerbaijan fifth, and Belarus sixth. Georgia led the list when it was first issued in September.
The pilot project -- designed to run for two years -- is being conducted as part of a media-monitoring project with the financial assistance of the European Union. The Eastern Partnership, an initiative intended to boost EU cooperation with its eastern neighbors, was launched in 2009.
With reporting by Ukrinform