The Paris-based Reporters without Borders (RSF) organization released on 23 October its first time worldwide index of countries according to their respect for press freedom. Among the surveyed 139 countries, Kyrgyzstan occupies the 98th place along with Togo and Jordan. Tajikistan is on the 86th place, Kazakhstan is the 116th, Uzbekistan the 120th, and Turkmenistan the 136th.
The freest countries in the world are Finland, Iceland, Norway, and the Netherlands, the countries with not free media are Burma, China, and North Korea. Surprisingly, the United States is on the 17th place after Costa Rica (15th), Russia is the 121st, after Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan (101st), Afghanistan (104th), Ukraine (112nd), Kazakhstan, Pakistan (119th), and Uzbekistan. Text of the RSF press release and a list of ranks are available on the site www.rsf.org or send your request to IdinovN@rferl.org to receive them by e-mail.