Lithuania moved up slightly on the media freedom index published by the US non-governmental organization Freedom House, ranking 21 points on a scale where 0 means full freedom and 100 means full media restriction.
Media
© AFP / Scanpix

Vytis Jurkonis, Freedom House representative in Lithuania, told BNS that the overall media freedom index was at the lowest point worldwide over the past 13 years, while a small step forward was observed in Lithuania.

"2016 was an interesting year, with attempts and initiatives to restrict the media, however, the community of journalists repeatedly showed its spine and resisted the attempts to restrict it," said the expert.

"Media ownership and their concentration remains one of the challenges, however, let's say, the Freedom TV is an intriguing and a rather significant protest against traditional media. According to the research, improvement of the economic setting continues providing most room for progress in Lithuania," Jurkonis noted.

In his words, although Lithuania ranks rather high in terms of media freedom, it does not mean that there are no challenges, especially in connection to regional media.

"In comparison to the processes taking place in, let's say, the neighboring Poland, Lithuania appears not bad at all," said Jurkonis.

On the Freedom House index, Lithuania ranked ahead of Latvia and countries, such as France and Great Britain, however, is behind Estonia and the Nordic states.

Published a few days earlier, the media freedom index published by the organization Reporters Without Borders put Lithuania one place below at 36.

Leave a comment
or for anonymous commenting click here
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

Pope Francis confirms Lithuanian Giedraitis as blessed

Mykolas Giedraitis, a secular Augustinian born in Lithuania in the 15th century, has been confirmed as...

Lithuania's emigration rate falls, but more people leave than arrive

Lithuania's emigration rate fell by 14.2 percent in the ten months of 2018 compared with a year ago,...

Vilnius unveils plaque to mark 100th anniversary of Lithuania's 1st government

A commemorative plaque was unveiled in Vilnius on Friday on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of...

Lithuanian town of Vandžiogala unveils monument to Jews killed in 1941

A monument to the Jews who were killed in Vandžiogala in 1941 was unveiled in the small town in the...

Lithuania's top court adjourns hearing of gay rights case hearing

Lithuania's Constitutional Court of Thursday adjourned the hearing of a case on the rights of gay...