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Based on a discussion with journalists, I noted both areas for concern and some areas for optimism; and observed that freedom of the media would be critical for Ukraine’s relationship with the EU because the Copenhagen criteria, which set out the conditions for would-be EU member states, included “stability of institutions guaranteeing democracy, the rule of law, human rights and respect for and protection of minorities”.

I thought of that discussion when international media watchdog Reporters Without Borders this week released their press freedom index for 2011.

In the index, Ukraine improves its position from 131st place in 2010 to 116th place in 2011, out of 179 countries. This put Ukraine ahead of Tajikistan (place 122), Russia (142), Kazakhstan (154), Uzbekistan (157), Azerbaijan (162), Belarus (168) and Turkmenistan (177).

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