Freedom of the Press 2011 identifies the greatest threats to independent media in 196 countries and territories. Released on May 2 as part of the UNESCO World Press Freedom Day celebration in Washington, D.C., the report shows that global media freedom has reached a new low point, contributing to an environment in which only one in every six people live in countries with a Free press. In 2010, there were particularly worrisome trends in the Middle East and the Americas, while improvements were noted in sub-Saharan Africa.
Armenia is ranked 146th among all the countries in the world alongside Egypt where revolution broke out this year. In the ranking of Central and Eastern European countries Armenia is 21st among 29 countries. In both cases Armenia is classified as not free.
Azerbaijan is 171st in global ranking, Iran is on 188th place, while Turkey and Georgia are 112th and 118th respectively and are considered partly free.
Tables featuring country rankings and numerical scores for the 2011 index can be found here.