The most significant decline in Internet freedom during the year were in Ukraine, Egypt and Turkey — Freedom House

In the updated ranking of Internet freedom, which covers the period from June 2016 to June 2017, the level of accessibility of web resources decreased in 65 countries. The largest drop was registered in Ukraine, Egypt and Turkey, according to the annual report of the international NGO Freedom House.

In most of these countries, restrictions were imposed by governments in the interests of national security, experts said. Thus, Ukraine’s position has affected the government’s decision to ban the Russian social network and search engine «Yandex», which was in demand among Internet users.

Thus, the Ukrainian government followed in the footsteps of China and Iran, which imposed restrictions on visits to social networks, the report said.

Experts point out that such measures Kiev has pushed the «manipulation of the contents» of these social networks.

«Ukraine is one of the first countries in the modern information war with Russia. Russian agents ran fake Ukrainian news sites, and filled up social network invented by messages about the desire of Crimea to become part of Russia, the refusal of the Ukrainian citizens from the European Union and other advocacy stories on the agenda of the Kremlin», – stated in the report.

As a result, Ukraine has occupied the 34th place in the ranking, it is classified as a country «partly free Internet». Her combined total of 45 points.

Over the past year, only 13 States have improved their positions in the ranking of Internet freedom, said Freedom House.

The most recognized free Internet in Estonia and Iceland – 6 points on the scale of Freedom House. The worst rating of China: 87 points.

All were studied in 65 countries, which accounted for 87% of the population connected to the Internet.




The most significant decline in Internet freedom during the year were in Ukraine, Egypt and Turkey — Freedom House 15.11.2017

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