According to the report, Norway has maintained leadership in press freedom for the fourth year in a row.
Despite the fact that Uzbekistan managed to rise by 4 positions compared to last year, our republic is still among the countries with a “difficult” situation in the field of freedom of speech.
Nevertheless, over the past three years, Uzbekistan has shown significant growth in the index. In particular, in 2018 it rose by 4 positions (from 169th to 165th), in 2019 by 5 positions (from 165th to 160 ) and another 4 positions in 2020. Large-scale reforms on development of information and mass communication, strengthening freedom of speech and the press, protecting the rights of journalists and media representatives and support of their activities played an important role.
Central Asian countries in the “Press Freedom Index”
According to the report, the process of “warming” is taking place in the country, including the removal of previous bans on a number of websites, simplification of registration processes in the media, direct coverage of political events and processes, as well as coverage of such delicate issues as corruption and forced labor.
However, the inability to criticize senior officials, censorship and self-censorship, maintaining significant control over the media, threats to bloggers in the report are noted as obstacles that must be overcome.