International human rights organization Freedom House has assessed the situation of media freedom in 199 countries and territories in 2015, evaluating each of them on a scale from 0 to 100. Depending on the number, the status of "free", "partly free" or "absolutely free" areas for the media is determined.
One of the worst countries and territories in the context of media freedom are Belarus — 192d position, Crimea, annexed by Russia, — 195th, and also Iran — 190th, the organization reports.
It also reported, that Uzbekistan (197) and Turkmenistan (198) are at the level, which is above only North Korea.
"In some Central Asian countries, such as Turkmenistan, everything is almost unchanged year after year. In other countries, such as Tajikistan, we saw a lot of repressions against freedom of expression, which were related to the disbandment of Islamic political parties ", — an analyst of Freedom House Helen Agekian noted.
Freedom House also reported, that the level of media freedom in the world fell to its lowest level for last 12 years in 2015.