Freedom House’s annual Press Freedom report again rates Bulgaria’s media as only “partly free”, while the report shows the press freedom situation in the country as little changed over the past 20 years.
In the rankings of European countries, Bulgaria was among a number of countries in the lower “partly free” group, although not the worst among EU countries, with Croatia, Albania and Greece – the latter having seen among the biggest declines in media freedom rankings – further down on the scale.
Bulgaria’s global media freedom ranking, at 75th place, put it on a par with Antigua and Barbuda and with Benin.
The countries in Europe whose press were ranked as only partly free included, in descending order, Italy, Hungary, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, and Macedonia. At the bottom was Turkey, ranked as “not free”.
Freedom of the Press 2015, the latest edition of an annual report published by Freedom House since 1980, found that global press freedom declined in 2014 to its lowest point in more than 10 years.
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