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There is no such free press like in Kyrgyzstan even in top 10 countries of the world, says Vice PM Otorbaev about Freedom House's Freedom of the Press Index.

There is no such free press like in Kyrgyzstan even in top ten countries of the world, said Vice Prime Minister Joomart Otorbaev at the government meeting on May 14 where Kyrgyzstan's world rankings were discussed. The Vice Prime Minister reminded that the Freedom House ranked Kyrgyzstan 155th in the Freedom of the Press Index among 197 countries of the world and this way included Kyrgyzstan into the group of not free countries. The Vice Prime Minister said Kyrgyzstan was ranked 159th before April 7, 2010. Otorbaev disagreed with this ranking and said that Kyrgyzstan has freedom of the press. Such ranking shows that involved ministries and agencies do not work on respective rankings, he suggested. "We are still considered as not free country, though we live in a free country for 2 years already. We are not the ones we call ourselves, but the ones how surrounding people see us. If we are seen as not free, this means we work bad," he said. The Vice Prime Minister presented the methodology for global competitiveness index. The work with institutions preparing those indexes should be improved too, the Vice Prime Minister said.

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Date:May 15, 2012
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