Media Freedom Rating in the Eastern Partnership Countries before the Vilnius Summit

| Internews-Ukraine

On November 12, 2013 from 10.00 till 11.00, Ukrainian News News Agency (20 Esplanadna Str., Palats Sportu metro station) will host the press-conference on Media Freedom Rating in Eastern Partnership Countries before the Vilnius Summit. At the conference International NGO Internews-Ukraine will present the results of the second Media Freedom Index measurement in the EaP countries: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine.

Furthermore, experts will present data on new ratings “Top-3 events facilitating media freedom development and protection in the region” and “Top-3 events obstructing free media establishment in the region” for the past quarter. The studies’ results were obtained in terms of media freedom monitoring in the EaP countries in July-September, 2013 (2-nd measurement). The monitoring is provided by the EaP East Media Freedom Watch project with the support of the European Union.
According to the first media freedom measurement in the region (March-June, 2013), Georgia took the lead, while Ukraine was ranked the 4-th in the rating. Did Ukraine manage to strengthen its position in media sphere before the EaP Summit in Vilnius? Do the Ukrainian media working conditions comply with the European standards? What are the main trends in the development of free and independent media in the region? – these are the issues to be discussed at the press-conference.
 The following experts will participate in the press-conference:
- Zoltán Szalai, Head of the Press and Information Section of the EU Delegation to Ukraine
- Andriy Kulakov, Program Director at Internews-Ukraine, international public organization
- Nataliya Ligachova, Chairwoman of the Board at Telekrytyka
- Nataliya Sad, Project Coordinator at Internews-Ukraine, international public organization
- Anatoliy Martsynovskyi, Chief editor of the project’s web-site 
With the accreditation request, please contact Nataliya Sad at 050 930 84 39, Accreditation is available till 17.00, November 11.
EaP East Media Freedom Watch Project is aimed at facilitating freedom of speech and media protection in the six countries 
by means of raising public awareness at both regional and international levels concerning the situation of media and journalist 
freedom in the region. The project is implemented by Internews-Ukraine, international public organization, with the support 
of the European Union and in terms of cooperation between leading media NGOs: Yerevan Press-Club (Armenia), Yeni Nesil 
Journalists Union (Azerbaijan), Green Mile Association (Georgia), Independent Journalism Centre (Moldova), and partners from 
Belarus. Learn more about the Project.